Scientific Name:
Daucus decipiens (Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.) Spalik, Wojew., Banasiak & Reduron in Banasiak et al., Taxon 65: 578 (2016)
  • Selinum decipiens Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.
  • Melanoselinum decipiens (Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.) Hoffm.

Erect biennial or perennial. Stems up to 2 m high and 4 cm diam., woody and leafless in lower parts with distinct lf scars, with pith in centre and hollow in parts. Stem lvs with fine hairs on rachis and midribs, otherwise glabrous, 2–3-pinnate (seedling lvs 1-pinnate); ultimate segments ovate to lanceolate, pinnatisect or not lobed, serrate, 15–20 mm long, shortly petiolulate or sessile; lvs of infl.-branches much reduced; petiole sparsely to moderately hairy, striate. Umbels up to 20 cm diam.; rays numerous; bracts 10–12, narrowly ovate-lanceolate, sometimes serrate, up to 5 cm long; bracteoles 7–12, lanceolate. Fls numerous, white to purplish. Fr. dark brown, sparsely hairy, 12–18 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4. as Melanoselinum decipiens (Schrad. & J.C.Wendl.) Hoffm.]


Flowering: Nov.–Jan.

Banasiak, Ł.; Wojewódzka, A.; Baczyński, J.; Reduron, J.-P.; Piwczyński, M.; Kurzyna-Młynik, R.; Gutaker, R.; Czarnocka-Cieciura, A.; Kosmala-Grzechnik, S.; Spalik, K. 2016: Phylogeny of Apiaceae subtribe Daucinae and the taxonomic delineation of its genera. Taxon 65(3): 563–585.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.