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Daucus pusillus Michx.
American Wild Carrot, Rattlesnake-weed, Wild Carrot
Apiaceae (Carrot Family)
USDA Symbol: DAPU3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I?), CAN (N)
Often mistaken for Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota), Wild Carrot blooms in flat clusters; when flowers pass, pedicels turn upward into a "bird's nest"; when seeds ripen, spreads open again facilitating adhesion to passing animals.
Queen Anne's Lace has a deep purple central flower.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual , Biennial
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , FL , GA , HI , ID , IL , KS , LA , MO , MS , NC , NM , OK , OR , SC , TN , TX , VA , WA
BenefitUse Food: Roots are edible.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0402 Collected Jun 3, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-23 Collected 2006-05-29 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Daucus pusillus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Daucus pusillus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Daucus pusillus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-03-08
Research By: TWC Staff