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Anthriscus caucalis, Burr Chervil

Scientific Name: Anthriscus caucalis
Common Name: Burr Chervil

Also Called: Bur-chervil, Bur Parsley

Family: Apiaceae [Umbelliferae] Parsley or Carrot Family

Synonyms: (Anthriscus neglecta var. scandix, Anthriscus scandicina)

Status: Naturalized; native to Europe and Asia.

Duration: Annual

Size: 18 to 40 inches (4.5 to 10 dm)

Growth Form: Forb/herb; plants send up thin hollow stems.

Leaves: Green, light green; triangular shape variable; oblong to triangular-ovate, pinnately compound with many small leaflets.

Flower Color: White, flowering stalk is an umbel; fruit small, about 3 or 4mm long; ovoid with small hooked spines (beak).

Flowering Season: April to June

Elevation: Below 5,000 feet (1,500 m)

Habitat Preferences: Disturbed shady moist areas.

Recorded Range: Generally in the western half of North America, north throughout British Columbia and middle-eastern North America northward into Ontario, Canada.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Anthriscus caucalis.

U.S. Weed Information: Although not listed by the United States government Burr Chervil is an introduced weedy plant. It is native to parts of Europe and Asia.

Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: Unknown
Wetland Indicator: Unknown
Threatened/Endangered Information: Unknown

Genus Information: In North America there are 3 species in Anthriscus. Worldwide, The Plant List includes 16 accepted species names and a further 24 scientific names of infraspecific rank for Anthriscus.

In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has 1 species of genus, California has 1 species, Nevada. New Mexico, Texas and Utah have 0 species. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.

Comments: The are 3 introduced species of Anthriscus in North America. One species in particular, the common cooking spice Anthriscus cerefolium, (Chervil) looks similar to Burr Chervil.

The genus Anthriscus is an ancient Greek name with an unknown descriptive reference. The species epithet caucalis is a Greek plant name likely a reference to the region of Caucasus which is one of the native locals for this species.


Date Profile Completed: 08/07/2019, updated 03/21/2022
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