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 to Europe and Asia.
Annual Size: 18 to 40 inches (4.5 to 10 dm)
Growth Form: ; plants send up thin hollow stems.
Forb/herb Leaves: Green, light green; triangular shape variable; to triangular- oblong , ovate pinnately with many small compound .
leaflets Flower Color: White, flowering stalk is an ; umbel small, about 3 or 4mm long; fruit with small hooked spines ( ovoid ).
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 weedy plant. It is introduced to parts of Europe and Asia.
native 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 Etymology: is an ancient Greek name with an unknown descriptive reference. The species epithet Anthriscus is a Greek plant name likely a reference to the region of Caucasus which is one of the caucalis locals for this species.
native Ethnobotany Unknown
Date Profile Completed:
08/07/2019, updated 03/21/2022
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Invasive Plants Atlas of the United States
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SEINet synonyms, scientific names, geographic locations, general information, (accessed 08/06/2019).