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Weed Seed: Daucus carota subsp. carota (Wild carrot)

Family

Apiaceae

Common Name

Wild carrot

Regulation

Secondary Noxious, Class 3 in the Canadian Weed Seeds Order, 2016 under the Seeds Act.

Distribution

Canadian: Occurs in BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK (Brouillet et al. 2016Footnote 1).

Worldwide: Native to Europe, northern Africa and southwestern Asia (CABI 2016Footnote 2, USDA-ARS 2016Footnote 3). Widely introduced elsewhere in temperate regions including China, Japan, Australasia and North America (CABI 2016Footnote 2, USDA-ARS 2016Footnote 3).

Duration of life cycle

Biennial

Seed or fruit type

Schizocarp, divided into 2 mericarps

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Habitat and Crop Association

Waste places, roadsides and disturbed areas, old fields, meadows and underused or depleted pastures (Dale 1974Footnote 4, Darbyshire 2003Footnote 5). Not typically considered a weed of cultivated fields on prime agricultural land but increasingly found in no-till production systems (Dale 1974Footnote 4, Cowbrough 2004Footnote 6). Reported in corn, soybeans and winter wheat in Ontario (Cowbrough 2004Footnote 6).

General Information

Wild carrot spread to North America through garden plantings and escaped to become a weed of roadsides and waste places (Darbyshire 2003Footnote 5, DiTomaso and Healy 2007Footnote 7). It may also have been introduced as a seed contaminant (CABI 2016Footnote 2).

Wild carrot hybridizes readily with cultivated carrot (DiTomaso and Healy 2007Footnote 7) and was first reported in Ontario and Quebec in 1883 (Royer and Dickinson 1999Footnote 8). Seeds are spread by wind, or by attachment to animals and clothing; they may also be spread in contaminated seed or grain (Dale 1974Footnote 4, CABI 2016Footnote 2). Individual plants produce 1,000-40,000 seeds and seeds remain viable in the soil for several years (Dale 1974Footnote 4).

Similar species

Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum)

Photos

Wild carrot (Daucus carrota subsp. carota) mericarps
Wild carrot (Daucus carrota subsp. carota) mericarp, outer side
Wild carrot (Daucus carrota subsp. carota) mericarp, inner side
Wild carrot (Daucus carrota subsp. carota) mericarp, side view
Wild carrot (Daucus carrota subsp. carota) mericarp, example with long hairs
Wild carrot (Daucus carrota subsp. carota) mericarps
Wild carrot (Daucus carrota subsp. carota) mericarp, cross-section

Similar species

Similar species: Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) mericarps
Similar species: Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) mericarp, outer side
Similar species: Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) mericarp, inner side
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