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Daucus pusillus
American wild carrot
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Pacific Northwest to California, and throughout the Southern States; chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington

Habitat: Dry, open areas at low elevations

Flowers: May - July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Slender, single-stemmed annual from a slender taproot, 0.5-6 dm. tall, with short, stiff, blunt bristles throughout.


Leaves 3-pinnate, long petiolate, the blades 3-10 cm. long and 1.5-7 cm. wide, the ultimate segments linear, 1-5 mm. long and 0.5-1 mm. wide.


Involucral bracts pinnatifid into linear segments up to 8 mm. long; bractlets of the involucel linear and entire, about equaling the pedicels; inflorescence 1-4 cm. wide, the rays up to 4 cm. long; ultimate umbellets with 5-12 white flowers.


Fruit oblong, 3-5 mm. long and 2 mm. wide, broadest below the middle, with prickles and bristles on the ribs.

Accepted Name:
Daucus pusillus Michx.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Daucus carota L. var. microphyllus
Daucus microphyllus
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Daucus pusillus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Daucus pusillus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Daucus pusillus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Daucus pusillus photos.

USDA Plants: Daucus pusillus information.

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