Apiaceae (weeds)

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Heracleum mantegazzianum (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Jean-Pol Grandmont
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Apiaceae (weeds) - (carrot family)

The carrot family contains nearly 4,000 species including several important crops like carrots, celery and parsley, but also various weeds. The members are mostly herbs and often grow in temperate regions.

The main characteristic of the family is the arrangement of the inflorescences in umbels. The stalks of the individual flowers originate from a common point to give the inflorescence an umbrella like appearance. Often there are compound umbels with the individual umbels arranged again in larger umbels. The individual flowers are simple with 5 petals. The stems are hollow and the leaves are divided. Many species have a tap root.


The following genera and individual species are currently entered under this family: