Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Hairy annual or rarely biennial herbs with a slender taproot. Leaves 1–3-pinnate; petiole sheathing. Inflorescence an axillary or terminal compound umbel that can appear simple because of the sometimes very short peduncles and rays; involucral bracts few or absent; rays 6–12 or absent; involucral bracteoles several, linear. Flowers bisexual, white or pink; sepals inconspicuous or absent; petals obovate, apex inflexed; nectary conical, thick. Fruit oblong or ovoid, laterally compressed, tuberculate or spiny with barbed prickles in grooves; mericarps with slender ciliate ribs; carpophore bifid.

About c. 20 species, mainly in the Mediterranean region; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Apiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Apiaceae
Higher taxa
genus Torilis
Subordinate taxa