WILD PARSNIP Pastinaca sativa ssp. sativa (Apiaceae) Height to 1m. Upright, downy perennial with hollow, ridged stems; smells strongly when bruised. Found mainly in dry, calcareous grassland. FLOWERS are yellowish and borne in open, bractless umbels, 3-9cm across (Jun-Sep). FRUITS are oval, flattened and winged. LEAVES are pinnate with oval, lobed and toothed leaflets. STATUS-Widespread and locally common in S Britain; scarce or absent elsewhere. Nb. Garden Parsnip (P.s.hortensis), the familiar garden vegetable, is sometimes naturalised.
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WILD PARSNIP Pastinaca sativa ssp. sativa (Apiaceae) Height to 1m. Upright, downy perennial with hollow, ridged stems; smells strongly when bruised. Found mainly in dry, calcareous grassland. FLOWERS are yellowish and borne in open, bractless umbels, 3-9cm across (Jun-Sep). FRUITS are oval, flattened and winged. LEAVES are pinnate with oval, lobed and toothed leaflets. STATUS-Widespread and locally common in S Britain; scarce or absent elsewhere. Nb. Garden Parsnip (P.s.hortensis), the familiar garden vegetable, is sometimes naturalised.

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