Daucus carota L.
  • Sp. Pl. : 242 (1753)
  • Wild carrot

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2022): Daucus carota L. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000638442. Accessed on: 26 Sep 2022'

General Information

Plants to 120 cm. Leaves oblong, 2–3-pinnate/pinnatisect; ultimate segments linear to lanceolate, 2–15 × 0.5–4 mm, glabrous to hispid especially on the veins and margins, acute, mucronate. Peduncles 10–55 cm, retrorsely hispid; bracts foliaceous, pinnate, rarely entire, lobes linear, 3–30 mm, margin scarious; rays 2–7.5 cm, unequal; bracteoles 5–7, linear, entire or 2–3-lobed, more or less scarious and ciliate, equaling or exceeding flowers. Petals white, sometimes yellow or pinkish. Fruit 3–4 × ca. 2 mm. Fl. May–Jul.

  • Provided by: [G].Flora of China @ efloras.org
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    2. Daucus carota L., Sp. Pl. 242 (1753). Lectotipo (designado por Sáez Laín, 1981): Europa, Anon. (LINN-340.1). Ilustr.: Mathias et al., Fl. Il. Catarin. Umbelíferas 96, t. 30 (1972). N.v.: Zanahoria.

    Por L. Constance y J. Affolter.

    Plantas 15-120 cm, bianuales, los tallos solitarios, erectos, retro-híspidos a glabros, frecuentemente con raíz axonomorfa engrosada. Hojas 5-15 × 2-7 cm, oblongas, las divisiones finales 2-13 × 0.5-2 mm, linear a lanceoladas, enteras o poco hendidas, glabras a híspidas, agudas, mucronatas; pecíolos 3-10 cm. Pedúnculos 25-60 cm, retro-híspidos; involucro de brácteas 3-30 mm, alargadas, pinnado-divididas, generalmente reflexas, los márgenes escariosos; radios 3-7.5 cm, numerosos, desiguales, compactos en los frutos; involucelo de bractéolas lineares, acuminadas, enteras o rara vez pinnadas, escariosas, ciliadas, tan largas como las flores o más largas que éstas; pedicelos 3-10 mm. Pétalos blancos o purpúreos, la flor central de cada umbela generalmente purpúrea o rosada. Frutos 3-4 × 2 mm, ovoides; carpóforo entero. Cultivada, escapada. Ch (Breedlove 47083, CAS); QR ( Gutiérrez R. 43, F); B (Balick et al. 2000: 120); G (Standley 65771, F); H (Standley 28481, F); ES (Renderos 493, MO); N (Stevens 23506, MO); CR (Standley, 1938: 860); P ( Tyson 7100, MO). 100-3000 m. (Nativa de Europa, regiones templadas de Asia, y N. África; ampliamente introducida en otras partes del mundo.)

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    Plants biennial, 15 cm to 1 m tall. Root a thick tap-root. Stem glabrous to pilose; hairs white. Leaves compound, 2-3-pinnate, hispid; segments linear to oval; margin deeply toothed; tips mucronate. Peduncles up to 30 cm long, his¬pid. Involucre of pinnately divided bracts, up to 5 cm long; segments filiform to linear. Rays numerous, the outer longer, incurved. Involucel of undivided or divided bractlets; margins entire or ciliate. Calyx teeth minute. Petals white to yellowish or light purple, the outer radiate; the petals of the central flower of an umbel sometimes red. Ovary hispid; styles 0.5 to 1 mm long. Fruit ovoid, 2-3 mm long; primary ridges not prominent, slightly bristly; secondary ridges winged, spiny; spines white; one vitta under each secondary ridge; commissure 2-vittate.

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    Biennial with a stout taproot, 4–10 dm, hirsute to subglabrous; lvs oblong, pinnately decompound, the ultimate segments linear, lanceolate, or oblong; infl at anthesis showy, 4–12 cm wide, commonly narrower in fr, the outer rays longer than the others (to 7 cm) and arching inwards; bracts pinnatifid into firm, elongate, filiform-subulate segments, scarious-margined below the segments, spreading or reflexed in fr; umbellets with mostly (10–)20- numerous white or faintly yellowish fls (the central fl of the whole infl usually, the others rarely, purple or pink); fr 3–4 mm, broadest at the middle; 2n=18. Native of Eurasia, now a weed throughout most of N. Amer. The cultivated carrot is a race of this sp.

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    30–100 cm hoch. Blätter 2–3fach gefiedert. Teilblätter letzter Ordnung fiederschnittig, mit schmalen Zipfeln. Dolde vielstrahlig, zuerst flach, zur Fruchtzeit Strahlen zusammenneigend. Hüllblätter sehr lang, 3teilig oder gefiedert, mit linealen Zipfeln

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    Biennial herb, up to 1 m high. Leaves pinnate; ultimate leaf segments finely cut into many narrow segments. Umbels becoming strongly concave (forming a cup) in fruit. Flowers white to yellowish.

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    6–8. Wiesen, Wegränder, kollin-montan(-subalpin). CH.

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    Disturbed places.

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    Native to Europe and Asia.

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    Distribution Map

    • Native distribution
    • Introduced distribution
    Found in
    • Europe Northern Europe Ireland
    Introduced into
    • Southern America Brazil Rio Grande do Sul
    • Santa Catarina
    • São Paulo


    Nationally Preferred Names

    Wild carrotEnglishIE

    Other Local Names

    Carotte sauvageFrenchCH
    Mil mhairtIrishIE
    Meacan buidheIrishIE
    Wilde MöhreGermanCH
    Cuirdín (or Cuiridín)IrishIE
    Meacan deargIrishIE
    Carota selvaticaItalianCH


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    • C Missouri Botanical Garden
    Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern US and Canada
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    'Flora of China @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=2 [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
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    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz
    Flora Helvetica – Illustrierte Flora der Schweiz, Konrad Lauber, Gerhart Wagner, Andreas Gygax. Haupt Verlag 2018.
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    Flora of Pakistan
    Flora of Pakistan. Missouri Botanical Garden. Accessed on Jun. 2020.
    • I Missouri Botanical Garden
    Flora Mesoamericana
    Gerrit Davidse, Mario Sousa Sánchez, A. O. Chater, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Instituto de Biología, Missouri Botanical Garden, Natural History Museum (London, England) UNAM, 1994
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