Apiaceae Family

Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace) on 7-25-19, #606-21. My first with pink flowers…

Apiaceae Lindl.


The plant family Apiaceae was named and described by John Lindley in the Natural System of Botany in 1836.

As of 11-10-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 444 accepted genera in this family named after the genus Apium

I am familiar with six species in this family growing on the farm. You can go to their pages by clicking on their names under their photo.

For more information about this family of plants, please click on the links below. The links take you directly to the information about the family. 


Chaerophyllum procumbens (Spreading Chervil) on 4-11-20, #686-10.

There is quite a colony of Chaerophyllum procumbens (Spreading Chervil) growing along a ditch on the farm. They grow in a few other areas, but not as many.


Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock) on 5-22-22, #882-2.

I have been seeing A LOT of Conium maculatum (Poison Hemlock) along the highways and backroads but I hadn’t stopped to take photos. Then, in 2022 I found a few behind the barn. GEEZ! I would rather view them from the vehicle.


Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace) on 7-25-19, #606-20.

Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace) is an interesting species. I even took a photo of a plant with a pink flower on a friend’s farm. I was tempted to dig it up and bring it home… I don’t have this species on my farm… Common names include Queen Anne’s Lace, Bee’s Nest-Plant, Bird’s Nest, Bishop’s Lace, Devil’s Plague, Wild Carrot, and possibly others. This is the same species as the carrots we eat. Just remember, even though the leaves and seeds may also be edible, Daucus carota may cause phytophotodermatitis so the plants should be handled with care. The flowers and seeds have been used as a contraceptive and abortifacient… Hmmmm… I think I will stick with the roots… Other than that, it is considered a beneficial species and used as a companion plant.


Pastinaca sativa (Wild Parsnip) on 5-20-17, #331-15.

The only place the Pastinaca sativa (Wild Parsnip) grows on the farm is along the road in a small area in the ditch next to the front yard. I have seen HUGE colonies along some back roads and highways. It is the same species. This is another species with hostile intentions…


Sanicula canadensis (Black Snakeroot) on 6-16-21, #801-74.

I found my first Sanicula canadensis (Black Snakeroot) along the Katy Trail that runs next to my farm in 2021. I found several interesting wildflowers along the trail…


Torilis arvensis/Torilis japonica (Hedge Parsley, ETC.) on 8-20-19, #615-22.

There is plenty of Torilis arvensis (Common Hedge Parelsy) and/or Torilis japonica (Japanese Hedge Parsley) growing on the farm. I didn’t know which species they were until I read where Torilis japonica had hooked barbs and the other didn’t. So, in 2021, I went out with my magnifying glass to check. The ones I checked had hooked barbs… Other than the barbs, the plants are basically the same.


That’s it for members of this family I have experience with at the moment. Never know what I will run across in the future.

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