Sp. Pl. 1: 256 (1753) APNI
Annual to 60 cm high, pubescent or glabrescent. Leaves 2–3-pinnate or pinnatisect; lamina 3–16 cm long, 1–7 cm wide; segments 1–8 mm long, linear to lanceolate; petiole 3–12 cm long. Common peduncle 0.5–5 cm long; bracts absent or 1, linear; rays 1–4, 5–20 mm long; umbellules 2–7-flowered; bracteoles c. 5, lanceolate, elliptic or ovate, ciliate, entire or incised at apex, 5–10 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide; pedicels 1.5–8 mm long. Flowers c. 3 mm diam. Fruit linear-oblong, shortly pedicellate, 3-8 cm long usually with bristly margin, prominently 5-ribbed; fertile portion 8–15 mm long; sterile beak 2–7 cm long. Flowers Sep.–Dec.
A garden weed in the earlier part of the century in Hawkesdale, Geelong and Kyneton. Native to Europe and western and central Asia.
This speies is easily recognised by the elongate beak portion of the fruit. This structure acts as a spring dispersal mechanism for the seed.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||extinct||naturalised|