Carrot or Parsley family
FORM Biennial or perennial herbs. Stem often stout with hollow internodes, may be aromatic.
Genera 270 genera in our area 50
Species 2800 in our area 88 (Gray); 99 (B&B)43
Distribution mainly north temperate
Flowers Latin Umbrella-carriers, tiny regular borne in umbels. Flowers small, in flat-topped, umbrella-shaped clusters
#Parts 5 lobed calyx fused to ovary, 5 petals with stamens alternating. Symmetry
Leaves compound / divided with sheathing bases often finely divided and fern-like.
Fruits dry, seed-like, often ribbed. Food plants in this family include papsley, carrots, turnips, celery, and dill. Poisons Water Hemlock and Poison Hemlock.