E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Torilis arvensis (Huds.) Link
spreading hedge-parsley (spreading hedgeparsley)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Torilis arvensis
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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, several, more or less hairy, branched, 20-50 cm tall.
Stem leaves 2-3 times pinnately cut, 7-20 cm long, including the 2-8 cm stalks; leaflets lanceolate to egg-shaped; upper stem leaves usually 1-pinnate.
Inflorescence of several compound umbels; the several spokes with a single bract; flowers white.
Oblong egg-shaped, 3-4 mm long, covered with bristles, also with inconspicuous, translucent, appressed spines in lines; beaks not prominent.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides and waste places in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from the lower Fraser Valley; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Torilis arvensis

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 120 215 270
Slope Gradient (%) 30 77 105
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
210 248 330
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CDF(8)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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