Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Coriander - Coriandrum sativum   L.Only member of Coriandrum in NC.
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DistributionThere are 2 records of non-cultivated plants: Iredell County in the Piedmont (no specimen seen but mapped by RAB 1968, USDA, and BONAP) and in 1980 east of Greenville, Pitt County, in the Coastal Plain. Specimens from Mecklenburg, Orange, and Watauga counties are from cultivated plants.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. scattered across southeastern Canada and most U.S. states.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatWaste place, railroad.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-July.
IdentificationCoriander grows 1-2 feet tall. The lower leaves vary greatly from rather uncut to pinnately lobed into 5 broad segments about 1 cm wide. The upper leaves are also pinnately divided, but the segments are linear or even filiform. The flowers are white or pink, the outer ones usually distinctly larger (as in Hydrangea). The fruits are ovoid or globular. The inflorescence looks nothing like that of any other umbel species owing to the oddly large outer flowers.
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