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Anthriscus caucalis
burr chervil
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Introduced occasionally in eastern United States, and from Washington to California.

Habitat: Moist, open places, usually in disturbed soil.

Flowers: May

Origin: Introduced; native to Eurasia

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Ovary inferior, 2-celled, the stylopodium broadly conic; fruit oblong-elliptic, 4-9 mm. long and 2-5 mm. wide, the ribs all nearly alike, thickened but not winged.


Leaves basal and cauline, with short, stiff hairs, gradually reduced upward, petiolate, the blade bipinnately dissected, with small ultimate segments.


Peduncles slender, borne opposite the upper leaves; rays 3-6, 1-2.5 cm long; involucre wanting; involucel of a few small lanceolate bractlets; umbellets with 3-7 flowers, the calyx obsolete, the five petals white; the pedicels short, each with a ring of short, flattened hairs at the summit.


Fruit ovoid, 4 mm. long, the body covered with short, thick, hooked hairs, the short, stout beak unarmed.

Accepted Name:
Anthriscus caucalis M. Bieb.

Anthriscus neglecta Boiss. & Reut. var. scandix (Scop.) Hyl.
Anthriscus scandicina Mansf. [HC]
Anthriscus vulgaris
Scandix anthriscus
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Anthriscus caucalis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Anthriscus caucalis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Anthriscus caucalis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Anthriscus caucalis photos.

USDA Plants: Anthriscus caucalis information.

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