|Inflorescence of Wild Angelica |
Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae)
The Apiaceae or Umbelliferae is a family of mostly aromatic plants with hollow stems. They are umbellifers.
The family includes cumin, parsley, carrot, coriander/cilantro, dill, caraway, fennel, parsnip, celery, anise, Queen Anne's Lace and other relatives. It is a large family with about 300 genera and more than 3,000 species.
The family has a number of food plants, and some poisonous plants. Several poisonous plants go by the name of hemlock, and have rather similar paralysing effects. The chemical is "photoactive": when it absorbs light, the absorbed energy produces molecular changes that cause toxicity (phototoxicity).