Apiaceae — The Carrot Family
Be humble with the umbel! This family includes delicious food plants, wonderful medicines, as well as deadly poisons – and many look very much alike, especially in leaf and flower! Never use a wild Apiaceae plant without 100% positive identification.
- Inflorescence - Small flowers in umbels or compound umbels. Umbels are inflorescences with the pedicels (individual flower stalks) arising at a common point, like an umbrella. Compound umbels have secondary umbellets arising from the the primary rays.
- Leaves - Often dissected to compound.
- Flowers - Generally, five petals and five stamens.
- Fruits – Mature fruit is a schizocarp that splits into two one-seeded mericarps. Each speciesdiffers in texture and can be ribbed and/or winged, and have stylopodiums of varying sizes to obsolete or nearly so.