Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Apiaceae

Umbelliferae

Literature

Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. & Moore, D.M. (1989) Flora of the British Isles. 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.

Description of the family

Herbs, rarely shrubs. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, usually compound, occasionally simple. Flowers arranged in simple or more usually compound umbels, rarely whorled or capitate. In compound umbels, the scales at the base of the primary branches (rays) are called bracts while those at the base of the branches of the secondary (or partial) umbels (referred to as pedicels) are called bracteoles. Petals 5, usually white, but sometimes yellowish, greenish, pinkish or rarely blue. Stamens 5. Styles 2, usually divergent, usually with a well-developed stylopodium. Ovary inferior, 2-locular. Fruit dry, consisting of two indehiscent carpels separated by a commissure; carpels adnate or suspended from an axis (carpophore) usually separating when ripe, usually prominently 5- or 9-ribbed.

Worldwide: 446 genera and 3,540 species, cosmopolitan, but occurring particularly in northern temperate areas and on mountains in the tropics.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated genera: (1)

GenusContent
Myrrhis Mill.

Other sources of information about Apiaceae:

UK Flora: native/naturalised Apiaceae page
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Apiaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-18

Hyde, M.A. (2018). UK Flora: Cultivated plants: Family page: Apiaceae.
http://www.ukflora.info/cult/family.php?family_id=17, retrieved 27 May 2018

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