Annual or biennial herb from a taproot; stems branched, glabrous, 40-90 cm tall.
Basal and stem leaves similar, triangular in outline, stalked, reduced upwards, coarse-hairy.
Inflorescence small, on short stalks 2 cm long opposite the upper leaves, in umbrella-like clusters of 3-7 flowers, each with a ring of short, flattened hairs.
Egg-shaped, 4 mm long, covered with short, thick, hooked prickles and an unarmed short stout beak.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Anthriscus neglecta var. scandix (Scop.) Hyl.
KEY TO ANTHRISCUS
1. Fruits egg-shaped, with coarse, hooked hairs; leaves with coarse hairs A. caucalis
1. Fruits linear to lanceolate, glabrous; leaves glabrous or with long, soft hairs.
2. Fruits lanceolate, the beak 1/6 the length of the body; bractlets lance-egg-shaped A. sylvestris
2. Fruits linear, the beak 1/3 the length of the body; bractlets lance-linear A. cerefolium