Common name: Knotted Hedge-parsley
Torilis nodosa (L.) Gaertn. APNI*
Description: Procumbent to erect bristly hairy annual to 60 cm high; stems much-branched, rigid, striate.
Leaves 1–2-pinnate, lamina 4–7 cm long; leaflets ovate-oblong with linear lobes; petiole often ± equal to lamina with scarious basal sheath; all covered with long stiff hairs.
Umbels leaf-opposed, subglobose; peduncle to 20 mm long; bracts absent; rays 3–5, to c. 4 mm long; bracteoles linear, to c. 2 mm long, acute; pedicels c. 1 mm. Sepals minute, triangular, < 0.5 mm long. Petals white. Stamens pink.
Fruit ovoid, 2.5–4 mm long; umbels with mericarps of 2 types, the inner tuberculate, the outer long-bristly.
Distribution and occurrence: Weed of pastures and roadsides, recorded south from Lismore and Inverell. Native of W & S Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by J. M. Powell, except for genera with authors listed
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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