Daucus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual or biennial, taprooted herbs, usually hispid to some degree. Leaves 2–3-pinnate. Inflorescence a terminal compound umbel; central flowers often sterile and reduced to purple or black bristles; bracts several, or lacking. Fertile flowers bisexual; sepals small or absent; petals obovate, 2-lobed with an inflexed apex; nectary conical. Fruit oblong-ovoid, cylindrical or dorsally slightly compressed, usually bristly and enclosing the nectary and style with spines; mericarp with 5 filiform primary ribs and 4 stouter secondary ribs usually with a single row of bristles; carpophore persistent, entire or bifid.

About 60 species, cosmopolitan; 1 native and 2 or 3 naturalised species 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 Daucus
Subordinate taxa