Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Apiales

Apiaceae - Carrot family


Cannon, J.F.M. (1978) Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the family

Herbs, rarely shrubs or small trees (Heteromorpha and Steganotaenia). Stipules 0. Leaves alternate, usually compound, occasionally simple.

Flowers arranged in simple or more usually compound umbels, rarely whorled or capitate. In compound umbels, the scales at the base of the primary branches (rays) are called bracts while those at the base of the branches of the secondary (or partial) umbels (referred to as pedicels) are called bracteoles.

Petals 5, usually white, but sometimes yellowish, greenish, pinkish or rarely blue. Stamens 5. Styles 2, usually divergent, usually with a well-developed stylopodium. Ovary inferior, 2-locular. Fruit dry, consisting of two indehiscent carpels separated by a commissure; carpels adnate or suspended from an axis (carpophore) usually separating when ripe, usually prominently 5- or 9-ribbed.

Worldwide: 446 genera and 3,540 species, cosmopolitan, but occurring particularly in northern temperate areas and on mountains in the tropics.

Malawi: 18 genera and 39 taxa.

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Afrocarum RauschertDescription, Image
Afroligusticum C. NormanDescription, Image
Afrosciadium P.J.D. Winter
Agrocharis Hochst.Description
Alepidea F. DelarocheDescription
Apium L.Description
Centella L.Description
Diplolophium Turcz.Description
Frommia H. WolffDescription
Heracleum LDescription
Heteromorpha Cham. & Schltdl.Description, Image
Hydrocotyle L.Description
Lefebvrea A.Rich.Description
Physotrichia HiernDescription, Image
Pimpinella L.Description
Sanicula L.Description
Steganotaenia Hochst.Description, Image
Torilis Adans.Description

Other sources of information about Apiaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Apiaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Apiaceae
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Apiaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Apiaceae
Flora of Zambia: Apiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Apiaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Apiaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Apiaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Apiaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Apiaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Apiaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Apiaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Apiaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Apiaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Apiaceae
Wikipedia: Apiaceae
Plants of the World Online: Apiaceae
Tropicos: Apiaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Apiaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=14, retrieved 18 April 2024

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