Apiaceae facts for kids

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Carrot family
Inflorescence of Wild Angelica
(Angelica sylvestris)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae)
Lindl.
Type genus
Apium
L.
Genera

including:

  • Anethum
  • Anthriscus
  • Angelica
  • Apium
  • Arracacia
  • Carum
  • Centella
  • Conium
  • Coriandrum
  • Cuminum
  • Daucus
  • Eryngium
  • Foeniculum
  • Levisticum
  • Myrrhis
  • Pastinaca
  • Petroselinum
  • Pimpinella

The Apiaceae or Umbelliferae is a family of usually aromatic plants with hollow stems, commonly known as umbellifers. It includes cumin, parsley, carrot, coriander/cilantro, dill, caraway, fennel, parsnip, celery, anise, Queen Anne's Lace and other relatives. It is a large family with about 300 genera and more than 3,000 species.

The family includes a number of food plants, and a number of poisonous plants. Several poisonous plants go by the name of hemlock, and have rather similar paralysing effects.


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