20 minute pre-record 2022 CHC

Meet the Parsley Family: A Visual Overview of Characteristics

The parsley family contains many edible, medicinal, and poisonous species. How does one tell them apart? In this quick, visual lecture, you will learn the distinguishing characteristics that are needed to key out these species. Compound umbel, umbellets, rays, bracts, stylopodium, commissure, and carpophore are some of the terms that are needed. Recognizing the poisonous parsleys and being able to differentiate them from the edible and medicinal parsley species.

3 learning objectives:

  • Identify a compound umbel and learn the major terms of plant parts needed to key out species in the parsley family.
  • Recognize how easy it is to misidentify a plant in the parsley family.
  • Learn the characteristics of water and poison hemlock, the two most poisonous species in North America.
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