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Petroselinum segetum (L) Koch      Corn Parsley


Petroselenium : see P. crispum.
segetum : of cornfields. (seges: corn, crop).

PREV. NAME : Carum segetum : (Bentham ex Hooker fil)


TYPE : glabrous, glaucous biennial or annual. Hs. HEIGHT : 30-100cm
AROMA Parsley. ROOTS : tap root, slender, fusiform.
STEM :: striate, terete, solid, divaricate. UMBELS : 1-5cm, Compound, with 3-10 smooth,
unequal rays 3cm. Peduncle >than the rays. Partial umbel of 3-5 fls.
LEAVES : simply pinnate. Near base of plant. Linear-oblong in outline. Lobes 4-12 pairs,
suborbicular to lanceolate, serrate or shallow lobed, sub sessile, 0.5-3.5 cm, the obtuse teeth
with a cartilaginous margin and mucro of 0.5mm. Petiole slender, not dilated at base.
BRACTS : and bracteoles 2-5, subulate.
white, subsessile  to long pedicellate. Hermaphrodite.
Sepals small. Styles forming a stylopodium. Fl. 8-9.
FRUIT : 2.5-3 mm, ovoid, laterally compressed, smooth. Commisure narrow.
Mericarps : prominent stout ridges. Carpophore present. Vittae solitary. Pedicels short
or 15mm. Styles < than stylopodium, divergent. Stigma a small knob. 2n=18.

HABITAT : arable fields, hedge banks, river banks,
dry banks, brackish grassland, near sea.

DISTRIBUTION : native. S.& E. England, Kent, N to the Humber, few coastal localities
in Wales. W. Europe from Netherland to Portugal. E. to C. Italy. Rare, decreasing.

BSBI Distribution Map for Petroselinum segetum

EXTERNAL LINKS FOR Petroselinum segetum

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.

German Wikipedia (GER)    Plants For a Future (UK)
Aussie Gardening (AU)   

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