Daucus carota L.


Sp. Pl. 242 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect biennial, (10–)30–150 cm high, hispid especially on primary stems; stems striate. Leaves 2–3-pinnate, lamina to 28 cm long; ultimate segments ovate to lanceolate or linear, c. 1 cm long; petiole of lower leaves shorter than lamina, base sheathing. Umbels c. flat-topped in flower, 4–10 cm diam.; rays 30–60, becoming rigid and incurved in fruit; umbellules to 25-flowered, outer flowers yellow or white or pink, c. 2.5 mm diam., inner flowers sterile and black or purple; involucral bracts 7–13, pinnatifid, often shorter than rays; involucral bracteoles linear, entire or trifid. Petals c. 1 mm long. Fruit ovoid, 2–4 mm long; primary ribs with a row of short hairs; secondary ribs with straight spines, only apical spines barbellate. Flowers mainly spring–autumn (smaller flowering plants sometimes seen in winter).

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *HNF, *HSF, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalized all States except NT. Native to Eurasia and northern Africa. Escaped from cultivation; in Victoria, locally common in disturbed areas (roadsides, near watercourses etc.), usually on moist fertile soils. .

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
genus Daucus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Daucus carota in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Daucus carota in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory