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Nº 57. Monday, May 30, 2011

Apiaceae

n Bot. Family of dicotyledonous plants with usually simple, alternate leaves that have sheathing petioles, flowers arranged in umbel, and fruits composed of 2 achenes, such as celery, fennel, carrot, and parsley.

The species within this family are distributed in 300 to 400 genera.

Type genus: Apium.

Etymology

From modern Latin Apiaceae; from Apium, «celery»; and the Latin suffix -aceae, «-aceous».