Apiaceae

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Carrot family
AngelicaSylvestrisInflorescence.jpg
Inflorescence of Wild Angelica
(Angelica sylvestris)
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Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae)

Type genus
Apium
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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).