Coriandrum L.


Greek coris — bug, referring to the smell of the leaves when crushed.

Hairless annual herbs with solid stems. Leaves divided 1-3 times and with linear lobes. Flower clusters often borne opposite the leaves. Flowers white, pink or mauve. Fruit round, not splitting at maturity.

Grown for the culinary use of leaves and seeds.


Widely used as a spice, the leaves in salads, preserves, etc. A flavouring for gin, curries and confectionery, but also used in perfumery, soap, etc.

Leaves with a characteristic smell; rays 2-5; fruit more or less round.

2 species from SW Asia.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Apiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Apiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Coriandrum sativum L.