Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

(Parsely Family)

The most identifying charaacter of the Apiaceae is the compound umbel. It is an umbrella pattern of flower stems holding many smaller umbrellas which hold the small flowers. This pattern gave the family its older name, the Umbelliferae. The small flowers have five petals, five stamens, and two united carpels with two styles. The flower stalks are usually hollow. Beware the family name though-- several of the members of the Apiaceae are poisonous, including Poison Hemlock (Conium).

Berula erecta (Water Parsnip)
Cicuta maculata (Spotted Water Hemlock)
Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock)
Cymopterus lemmonii (Mountain Parsley)
Cymopterus multinervatus (Corkwing Wafer-Parsnip)
Ligusticum porteri (Osha)
Lomatium nevadense (Biscuit Root)
*Lomatium orientale (Eastern Desert Parsley)
Osmorhiza depauperata (Sweet Cicely)
Spermolepis divaricata (Spreading Scaleseed)
Spermolepis echinata (Bristly Scaleseed)
Torilis arvensis (Spreading Hedge Parsley)

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