Melanoselinum Hoffm.

Greek melanos — black, Selinum, classical name.

Biennial or monocarpic perennial herbs with thick stems. Leaves divided 2-3 times. Petals white to lilac. Fruit oblong-ovate, flattened, hairy, more or less black, ridges with toothed and narrow wings.

Grown mostly for the bold foliage.


Superficially similar to Angelica but with flat-topped flower heads.

4 species from Macaronesia.

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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Apiales
family       Apiaceae
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