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Polytaenia nuttallii DC.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Species Parent: Polytaenia Status: Valid

Common Names:

  • PRAIRIE-PARSLEY - English, United States of America
  • TEXAS-PARSLEY - English, United States of America
  • WILD DILL - English, United States of America

Morphological Description

Diagnosis: Stout glabrous biennial to 1 m tall; leaves bipinnately or ternate-pinnately compound; leaflets large, crenate to incised or lobed, ovate to oblong; flowers yellow; fruits 5-11 mm long, 4-7 mm wide, with wings.


Notes: Common and conspicuous in prairies and open woods, various soils; se and e TX w to nc TX, also Edwards Plateau. Apr-May. While a number of authors recognize two species in this genus (e.g., Kartesz 1994; Jones et al. 1997), because of apparent overlap and inconsistancy in fruit characters and because no means of distinguishing flowering material exist, we are following Shinners (1958a) and Mahler (1988) in including [P. texana (J.M. Coult. & Rose) Mathias & Constance, P. nuttallii var. texana J.M. Coult. & Rose] in P. nuttallii. (nuttallii: for Sir Thomas Nuttall, 1786-1859, English-American botanist)