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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Daucus pusillus - American wild carrot

Other Common Names: rattlesnake-weed
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Apiaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Biennial or annual
General Desc: Stem is slender and is either unbranched or has only one weak branch.
Identification notes: Unbranched or only has a single weak branch as compared to the introduced Daucus carota, which is sometimes heavily branched and more robust.
Height: 2 to 4 feet


Habitat Description: Requires moist, well-drained soil and prefers sandy or rocky soils. Occurs in rocky prairies, openings in woodland, rocky open glades, and edges of bluff escarpments, sometimes along roadsides and railroads.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: Below 4000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Whitish     Shape: Regular in round clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Mar - May
Description: Tiny with 5 petals and lacy bracts below flower cluster umbel. Cluster is 2 inches wide. Upon maturity, the flower cluster closes to form a cup or bird’s nest. Flower stalks are 1/8 to 2/5 inch long.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Compound     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Lacy lobed and fern-like to 3 inches long.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Notes: Fruit is ovoid to slightly over 1/8 inch long.
Seed Notes: Seeds have stiff bristles.

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