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Apiaceae Family

A total of 7 plants that are members of the family Apiaceae are included in this gallery. There are a number of edible plants in this family including celery, anise, coriander, carrots, cumin, fennel, dill, and parsley. But, this family also contains very toxic and potentially deadly plants such as cow parsnip and poison hemlock. A common characteristic of this family is the presence of compound umbels; that is, the flower stalks look like tiny umbrellas. Poisonous plants in the family look similar to the edible plants and extreme caution should be taken if harvesting them in the wild; no plant with umbels should be eaten or even applied topically unless they have been positively identified as safe by an expert.