Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Pastinaca sativa L. image
Photographer: Kitty Kohout           

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John M. Schoeneker

Kurt Stüber

Matthew L. Wagner

Matthew L. Wagner

Matthew L. Wagner

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Robert Bierman
Family Apiaceae
Pastinaca sativa L.
wild parsnip
Pastinaca: one source says from Latin pastino, " to prepare the ground for planting," while another says from Latin pastus, "food." This was the ancient name of the parsnip and may give a clue as to the origin of the Italian word pasta
sativa: sown
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Status: Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive
Plant: erect, biennial, 1'-5' tall forb, first year plants a basal rosette of leaves; stems flat and ridged; long taproot; entire plant causes photo-dermatitis, avoid all contact with skin
Flower: yellow, 5-parted; inflorescence a 4"-8" wide, flat, compound umbel, with 15-25 umbellets on irregular stalks; the side umbels, in time, become taller than the first-blooming, central umbel; blooms June-July
Fruit:dry, flattened in the back, smooth, side ribs slightly winged, splitting into 2 seeds- fruit: seed:
Leaf:pinnately-divided into 5-15 lobed or cut, 2"-4" long, stalkless, broad, distinct and separated leaflets; lower leaves on long stalks, upper on shorter, sheathing stalks
Habitat: sun; disturbed sites, old fields, roadsides, pastures
Notes: to eradicate, WEAR protective clothing, cut root below the ground, pull, burn and herbicide, mow for at least 5 years around July 1.
(Glossary)

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