Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Knotted Hedge-parsley - Torilis nodosa   (L.) Gaertner
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Author(L.) Gaertner
DistributionThere are 3 specimens from a single location in Carteret County: a roadside lawn at a cafe in downtown Beaufort in 1950. A specimen from Forsyth County is misidentified [Schallert s.n. (GA)].

Native of Mediterranean Europe; in N.A. southern states north to NJ, MI, IA, and OR.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatGrassy roadside lawn.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-June.
IdentificationMembers of Torilis all have hooked prickles on the fruits. In T. arvensis and T. japonica, the umbel rays are well-developed (vs. poorly developed and giving the umbel a compact, head-like look in T. nodosa). In T. nodosa you have to search among the leaves to find the inconspicuous umbels.
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