MOON CARROT

Seseli libanotis

(Formerly: Libanotis pyrenaica)
Carrot Family [Apiaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8green
morph
morph8hemizygo
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZumbel
stem
stem8round
stem
stem8ribbed
toxicity
toxicityZmedium
rarity
rarityZrare

6th Sept 2013, Eastbourne. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
For comparison.
Top: Wild Carrot (Daucus carota).
Bottom: Moon Carrot (which is noticeably a warmer white)


6th Sept 2013, Eastbourne. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Moon Carrot umbel of flowers.


6th Sept 2013, Eastbourne. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Moon Carrot which has both bracts just below the main umbel and bracteoles below each umbellete.


6th Sept 2013, Eastbourne. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The flowers are slightly zygomorphic with slightly larger petals on the outside. All the umbels have hermaphroditic (aka bisexual) flowers on them, with both stamens and stigmas.


6th Sept 2013, Eastbourne. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The styles are quite long abd unusually for an umbellifer, white. But the stamens can drop off when the flower is turning to the fruiting stage.


6th Sept 2013, Eastbourne. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
There are usually 8 or more linear bracts beneath the main umbel (but in this specimen they are unexpectedly also 3-sect branched! - like those of Wild Carrot - but this plant cannot be Wild Carrot and that is the only other umbellifer that your Author can find that sometimes has 3-sect branched bracts) and between 10 to 15 linear bracteoles beneath each umbellete.


6th Sept 2013, Eastbourne. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The fruits are 2.5 to 3mm long, ovoidal and hardly compressed. They have hairs which are rather sparse to dense which are often hardly visible to the naked eye.


6th Sept 2013, Eastbourne. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The fruits here still have the flowers attached - so are nowhere near as ripe as is possible. The bracteoles here have hairy ends.


6th Sept 2013, Eastbourne. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The pedicels (stalks) of the fruits can vary a lot in length from between 2 to 7mm long, and are hairy. The styles are longer than the stylopodium upon which the sit.


Easily confused with : Flower () [plants with similar names belonging to differing families]

Not to be semantically confused with : Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria) [a plant with similar name belonging to a differing family]

It grows on chalk in bushy places and in rough grassland. It is found in East Sussex, Hertfordshire. Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, and also over most of Central Europe.

It is very variable in hairiness and in the dissectioning of the of the leaves (photos required of the leaves please). So those are not much use in identofication. However, it is easily recognised by the small but dense fibres surrounding the base of the stem just above ground level (photographs wanted please) and by the hairy ovary and the hairy fruit.


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Distribution
 family8Carrot family8Apiaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Seseli
Seseli
(Moon Carrot)

MOON CARROT

Seseli libanotis

(Formerly: Libanotis pyrenaica)
Carrot Family [Apiaceae]