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Anthriscus sylvestris (L.) Hoffm.

Synonym
  • Chaerophyllum sylvestre L.
Vernacular Name
Cow Parsley, Wild Chervil, Wild Beaked Parsley, Keck, Mother-die
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Conservation status
No status defined
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Detail
Occurrence: Ab(A, N), Ag, Al, Ar, Au(A, L), Be(B, L), BH, Br, Bu, By, Cg, Co, Cr, Cs, Ct, Da, Es, Fe, Ga(F), Ge, Gg, Gr, Hb(E, N), He, Ho, Hs(A, S), Hu, Ir, It, Jo, La, Le, Lt, Lu, Ma, Mk, Mo, No, Po, Rf(C, CS, E, N, NW, S), Rm, Si(S), Sk, Sl, Sr, Su, Sy, Tn, Tu(A, E), Uk(K, U), [aEs nFa nIs] (EuroMed, 2018). It is native to Europe, western Asia and northwestern Africa; in the south of its range in the Mediterranean region, it is limited to higher altitudes. It is related to other diverse members of Apiaceae, such as parsley, carrot, hemlock and hogweed. It is often confused with Daucus carota which is known as Queen Anne's lace or wild carrot, also a member of the Apiaceae. Cow parsley grows in sunny to semi-shaded locations in meadows and at the edges of hedgerows and woodland. It is a particularly common sight by the roadside. It is sufficiently common and fast-growing to be considered a nuisance weed in gardens. Cow parsley's ability to grow rapidly through rhizomes and to produce large quantities of seeds in a single growing season has made it an invasive species in many areas of the United States. Cow parsley can be mistaken for several similar-looking poisonous plants, among them poison hemlock and fool's parsley. Cow parsley is considered to be edible, though having a somewhat unpleasant flavour, sharper than garden chervil, with a hint of carrot, to which it is related. Cow parsley can be confused with giant cow parsley/giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), the sap of which can cause severe burns after coming in contact with the skin.
Book reference
  • Кузярін О.Т. Судинні рослини території торфовища "Білогорща” (м. Львів) // Наукові основи збереження біотичної різноманітності. - 2010. - Т.1(8), №1. - С.75-90.
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Experts
  • Alexander KUZYARIN, Dr, e-mail: kuzyarin@gmail.com

Taxonomic branch

Biota
Eukaryota
Plantae
Viridiplantae
Tracheophyta
Euphyllophytina
Magnoliopsida
Apiales
Apiaceae
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