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Daucus carota Linn., Sp. Pl. 242. 1753. Boiss., Fl. Or. l.c. 1076; C.B. Clarke in Hook. f., l.c.; Hiroe, l.c. 40; Heywood, l.c. 374.

Vern.: ‘Gajar’.

Plants biennial, 15 cm to 1 m tall. Root a thick tap-root. Stem glabrous to pilose; hairs white. Leaves compound, 2-3-pinnate, hispid; segments linear to oval; margin deeply toothed; tips mucronate. Peduncles up to 30 cm long, his¬pid. Involucre of pinnately divided bracts, up to 5 cm long; segments filiform to linear. Rays numerous, the outer longer, incurved. Involucel of undivided or divided bractlets; margins entire or ciliate. Calyx teeth minute. Petals white to yellowish or light purple, the outer radiate; the petals of the central flower of an umbel sometimes red. Ovary hispid; styles 0.5 to 1 mm long. Fruit ovoid, 2-3 mm long; primary ridges not prominent, slightly bristly; secondary ridges winged, spiny; spines white; one vitta under each secondary ridge; commissure 2-vittate.

Type locality: Described from Europe.

Distribution: A cosmopolitan plant.

It is a common plant both in the hills and the plains. The carrot is cultivated throughout our area.


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