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

Daucus pusillus Michx.
American wild carrot

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #9426)

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Species Information

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Slender annual herb from a slender taproot; stems single, 50-70 (90) cm tall, stiff-hairy throughout.
Basal and stem leaves pinnately dissected with small narrow ultimate segments, leaf blades 3-10 cm long.
Inflorescence of numerous, compound umbels with compact heads; flowers white, small; involucral bracts pinnatifid into linear segments without paper-like margins.
Oblong, 3-5 mm long, 2 mm wide, usually broadest below the middle, ribbed and armed with barbed prickles along alternate ribs.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry rock outcrops and grassy sites in the lowland zone; locally common on SE Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and adjacent mainland; S to MO, SC, FL and MX.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Daucus pusillus

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) 122 216 285
Slope Gradient (%) 1 33 60
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
60 182 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 2
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(4)


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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