Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 30, 2014: Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace.  7/26/14 (Wolf. Oesterreich)

Although considered a secondary noxious weed in Iowa, the Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) is still enjoyed by many people. The flower can be found throughout the Park. This plant is a member of the celery, parsley, and carrot family (Apiaceae, formally Umbelliferae). The inflorescence is actually a compound umbel, terminating in small white flowers. As the inflorescence ages the umbels curve into a ball (right photo) which can be described as a "bird's nest".

Wolf. Oesterreich

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