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

Anthriscus sylvestris (L.) Hoffm.
wild chervil

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Brian Klinkenberg  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #19846)

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Species Information

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Annual or biennial herb from a taproot; stems branching, glabrous, to sparsely soft-hairy, 50-100 cm tall.
Basal and stem leaves similar, triangular in outline, glabrous to sparsely soft-hairy, reduced upwards.
Inflorescence small, on stalks 2 cm long, borne opposite the upper leaves, in umbrella-like clusters.
Linear, 6-7 mm long, including the 1 mm long beak, the beak 1/6 the length of the body, glabrous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet to moist disturbed sites, fields and margins of woods in the lowland and montane zones; rare in SW and SE BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Chaerophyllum sylvestre L.

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