Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Apiales

Apiaceae - Carrot family

Umbelliferae

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.

Zambia: 17 genera and 38 taxa.

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GenusContent
Aframmi C. NormanDescription
Afrocarum RauschertDescription
Afroligusticum C. NormanDescription
Afrosciadium P.J.D. Winter
Alepidea F. DelarocheDescription
Apium L.Description
Centella L.Description
Diplolophium Turcz.Description
Frommia H. WolffDescription
Heteromorpha Cham. & Schltdl.Description
Hydrocotyle L.Description
Lefebvrea A.Rich.Description
Physotrichia HiernDescription
Pimpinella L.Description
Sanicula L.Description
Sium L.Description
Steganotaenia Hochst.Description

Other sources of information about Apiaceae:

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

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Apiaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Apiaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=14, retrieved 27 June 2017

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