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Selinum carvifolia (L)           Cambridge Milk-Parsley


carvifolia: leaves resemble Carum carvi.
OTHER NAMES : false milk-parsley.

Nature gate (FIN) Picture Link to Selinum carvifolia   


TYPE : erect glabrous perennial. H. AROMA : of parsley
STEM : solid, grooved and strongly angled, the angles narrowly winged. HEIGHT : 100cm.
UMBELS : 3-7 cm diam. Compound, terminal, usually 15-25 unequal rays 1.5-4cm,
papillose on the angles. Peduncle > than rays, papillose on the angles near the top.
LEAVES : 2-3 pinnate, lanceolate in outline, the lobes 3-10mm, entire to pinnatifid, linear-
lancolate to ovate, minutely serrate, sometimes lobed, with an acute cartilaginous apex.
Petiole long, dilated at the base. Cotyledons tapering at base, no petiole.
BRACTS : usually absent, sometimes few, soon falling. Bracteoles 10,
subulate to linear-lancolate = or > than pedicels.
FLOWERS : white. Hermaphrodite. Sepals minute. Styles form a stylopodium. Fl. 7-10.
FRUIT : 3-4 mm ovoid-oblong, dorsally compressed, smooth, commisure narrow.
Mericarps with the 3 dorsal ridges narrowly winged & the lateral broadly winged.
Carpophore present. Vittae solitary. Pedicels 2 x as > as bracteoles, papillose. Styles 2 x as
long as stylopodium, recurved and appressed. Stigma capitate. 2n=22.

HABITAT : fens and damp meadow.

DISTRIBUTION: native, local, Cambridge, Ely. Formerly Nottingham and N. Lincolnshire,
but now extinct there. Most of Europe, except for much of the Mediterranean region.
E. to C.Asia. Introduced to N. America.

BSBI Distribution Map for Selinum carvifolia

EXTERNAL LINKS FOR Selinum carvifolia

These links to trusted websites and institutions may provide in depth or additional information regards cultivation, chemistry, edibility, images etc. for the species. Links last updated Aug 2012.

Wikipedia (UK)    Plants to Plant (UK)    BSBI Article Archives (UK)

'Online Guide To Umbelliferae Of The British Isles' Compiled By J.M.Burton 2002.