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Pastinaca sativa, Wild Parsnip

Scientific name:  Pastinaca sativa L.
Common name:  Wild Parsnip
Family:  Apiaceae / Umbelliferae, Carrot family

Pastinaca sativa, Wild Parsnip, Sugar Greek Glen Campground

Life form:  Herbaceous biennial, perennial, with long thick taproot
Stems:  Erect, 2-5 feet (0.6-1.5 meters) tall; hollow, deeply grooved
Leaves:  Alternate, pinnately compound, saw toothed margin
Inflorescence:  2-6 inch (5-15 cm) broad umbels at top of slender stems and branches; each compound umbel consists of about 15-25 umbellets, and each umbellet has about 12-35 flowers
Flowers:  5-petaled, tiny yellow flowers; 4 sepals, 5 stamen
Fruits / pods:  schizocarp
Flowering Period:  June, July, August, September
Habitat:  Along roadsides, in pastures, and in fields

Pastinaca sativa, Wild Parsnip, Sugar Greek Glen Campground


Derivation of the botanical name:
Pastinaca, Latin pastinum two-pronged fork; related to pastinare, to dig up the ground.
sativa, wild.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Pastinaca sativa, Wild Parsnip, Sugar Greek Glen Campground


 
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