I’ve always liked the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae as they were formerly known as! And everybody knows the carrot so it is also known as the Carrot family.
It is easily recognisable, especially the second subfamily, which are the true ‘Umbels’.
In another post the Ground-elder was fully described for all its useful attributes and this week I hope to tackle all the others in the last family of all the Dicot families in Stace. In another post the Medicinal properties of the Apiaceae are highlighted.
It is a large family with 50 genera and many genera have just the one native species or a few species.
Several of our root vegetables and herbs belong to this family, although these are cultivated forms and the wild species of which they originated are mostly not native (NN in list below) to the British Isles.
I’ve used Wikipedia, PFAF or other websites a lot again as they have such valuable information about the individual species and their uses.
Also links with the online atlas of the British and Irish Flora of the Biological Records Centre in order to find out the natural habitats of the plants.
Pictures with gratitude by Matt Summers, Mike Poulton and Wikipedia Commons.
FBBC is added behind the Common Name in the contents below if the plant occurs in the ‘Flora of Birmingham and the Black Country’
- A. caucalis or Bur Chervil FBBC
- A. cerefolium or Garden Chervil
- Scandix pecten-veneris or Shepard’s-needle FBBC
- Coriandrum sativum or Coriander FBBC
- Bunium bulbocastanum or Great Pignut
- Pimpinella major or Greater Burnet Saxifrage FBBC
- Oenanthe fistulosa or Tubular Water-dropwort FBBC
- O. pimpinelloides or Corky-fruited Water-dropwort FBBC
- O. lachenallii or Parsley Water-dropwort FBBC
- O. silaifolia or Narrow-leaved Water-dropwort
- O. fluviatilis or River Water-dropwort
Foeniculum vulgare var. sativum or Fennel (Arch). FBBC
- Anethum graveolens or Dill FBBC
- Silaum silaus or Pepper-saxifrage FBBC
- Physospermum cornubiense or Bladderseed
- Bupleurum rotundifoliumor Hare’s ear
- B. falcatum or Sickle-leaved Hare’s-ear
- B. tenuissimum or Slender Hare’s-ear
- B. baldense or Small Hare’s ear
- B. subovatum or False Thorow-wax FBBC
- Trinia glauca or Honewort
- Cuminum cymimum
- Helosciadium repens or Creeping Marshwort
- H. nodiflorum or Fool’s -water-cress FBBC
- H. inundatum or Lesser Marshwort FBBC
- Trachyspermum ammi or Ajowan
- Ridolfia segetum or False Fennel
- Sison amomum or Stone Parsley FBBC
- Cicuta virosa or Cowbane
- Ammi majus or Bullwort FBBC
- Visnaga daucoides or Toothpick-plant FBBC
- Falcaria vulgaris or Longleaf
- Carum verticillatum or Whorled caraway
- Selinum carvifolia or Cambridge Milk-parsley
- Levisticum officinale or Lovage FBBC
- Angelica archangelica or Garden Angelica or Archangelica FBBC
- Ferula communis or Giant Fennel
- Imperatoria ostruthium or Masterwort & Imperatoria
- Thysselinum palustre or Milk-parsley
- Torilis japonica or Upright Hedge Parsley FBBC
- T. nodosa or Knotted Hedge Parsley