Aethusa cynapium fool’s parsley Apiaceae AECY*; Bx, pb; R (DeCandido 2001);

Aethusa cynapium flowers_a4823. © - josef hlasek. hlasek.com

Aethusa cynapium flowers_a4823. © – josef hlasek. hlasek.com (Accessed 7/2017)

Aethusa cynapium is an annual herb to 70 cm tall; plant poisonous. 

Leaves alternate, 2-3 times pinnate, broadly deltoid, leaf segments narrow, pointed, shiny. 

Aethusa cynapium.commons.wikipedia.org

Aethusa cynapium.commons.wikipedia.org (Accessed 7/017).

Flowers small, petals white, no sepals; inflorescence of umbrella-shaped clusters to 5 cm wide, “secondary umbels with 3-4 bracts, curved downwards, linear, narrow, sharp-pointed” (NatureGate http://www.luontoportti.com/suomi/ en/kukkakasvit/fools-parsley; 16/12/2013); blooming and fruiting June-Sept. 

Aethusa cynapium fruit. © - josef hlasek www.hlasek.com. Aethusa cynapium a4891. naruralmedicinefacts.info

Aethusa cynapium fruit. © – josef hlasek www.hlasek.com. Aethusa cynapium a4891. naruralmedicinefacts.info (Accessed 7/2017).

Fruit dry, broadly egg-shaped, 0.3 x 0.2 cm, prominently ribbed. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Eurasia. 

Habitat: Open disturbed habitats, gardens. 

Notes: Apiaceae of open sites are eaten by larvae of the black swallowtail butterfly, Papilio polyxenes (Papilionidae). (Tallamy 2003; Pyle 1981).