Scientific Name:
Chaerophyllum L., Sp. Pl. 258-259 (1753)

Hairy, biennial or perennial herbs, often with stout tuberous roots. Lvs 1–5-pinnate or ternate; segments broad to narrow. Umbels compound, pedunculate; bracts few or 0, simple; bracteoles several, simple. Petals white, pink or yellow, regular or irregular, with apex notched and inflexed; calyx teeth 0. Fr. narrowly oblong or ovoid, slightly flattened laterally, tapering toward the scarcely beaked apex, spineless, but sometimes pubescent; commissure narrow; ribs 5 per mericarp, equal, broad and rounded; vittae solitary in furrows.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Chaerophyllum L.
Indigenous (Endemic)3
Indigenous (Non-endemic)1
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Chung, K-F. 2007: Inclusion of the South Pacific alpine genus Oreomyrrhis (Apiaceae) in Chaerophyllum based on nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences. Systematic Botany 32(3): 671–681.
de Lange, P.J.; Heenan, P.B.; Given, D.R.; Norton, D.A.; Ogle, C.C.; Johnson, P.N.; Cameron, E.K. 1999: Threatened and uncommon plants of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 37: 603–628. [as Oreomyrrhis "minute flower"]
de Lange, P.J.; Norton, D.A.; Heenan, P.B.; Courtney, S.P.; Molloy, B.P.J.; Ogle, C.C.; Rance, B.D. 2004: Threatened and uncommon plants of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 42(1): 45–76. [as Oreomyrrhis "minute flower"]
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.