Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Pastinaca L., Sp. Pl. 262 (1753)

Glabrous or hairy, biennial or perennial herbs, with stout or thin taproots. Lvs usually 1–2-pinnate, rarely simple and serrate;  segments usually broad. Umbels compound, pedunculate;  bracts and bracteoles 0, or few, entire and often caducous.  Petals yellow or whitish red, regular, with apex entire and inflexed; calyx teeth 0.  Fr. ellipsoid to globose, strongly flattened dorsally, not beaked, spineless but sometimes hispid;  commissure broad;  ribs 5 per mericarp, the dorsal slender, the lateral with a thin wing;  lateral wings of opposing mericarps appressed;  vittae broad, 1–(2) in furrows;  dorsal vittae almost as long as fr.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Pastinaca L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
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.