Daucus glochidiatus (Labill.) Fisch.

Australian Carrot

C.A. Mey. & Avé-Lall., Index Sem. Hort. Petrop. 9, suppl. 11 (1844) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or ascending annual herb, 3–60 cm high, often branched at base. Leaves 2(–3)-pinnate, lamina 1–7.5(–30) cm long; leaflets ovate, ultimate segments narrow-linear, hispid on veins and margins; petiole of basal leaves as long or longer than lamina, slender with a narrow sheathing base. Umbels irregular, almost sessile or with 2–5 unequal rays to 5 cm long; umbellules 1–6-flowered, c. 1.5 mm diam.; involucral bracts 1–3, linear to narrow-lanceolate, often with membranous margins, often hispid, usually pinnatifid; involucral bracteoles narrow, entire. Petals minute, often purplish. Fruit ovoid, 3–6 mm long, primary ribs with a row of short bristles that spread alternately on each side of the rib, secondary ribs with hooked bristles Flowers Sep.–Feb.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, OtR, RobP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states. New Zealand. Widespread and locally common in all but high-altitude and very high-rainfall areas, occurring through a wide variety of habitats.

There are a number of named infraspecific taxa within D. glochidiatus, but further study is required to assess their rank and circumscription. In Victoria plants generally fall into 2 groups: those from north of the Great Dividing Range tend to have persistent petals, and relatively large fruit with long, swollen spines on the primary ribs which are often purple tinged, while populations to the south tend to have deciduous petals, and fruit at the smaller end of the range for the species, with narrower, green spines.

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 glochidiatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Daucus glochidiatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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