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Daucus pusillus is a species of wild carrot known by the common names American wild carrot[2] and rattle-snake-weed.[3] Its Latin name means "little carrot", or "tiny carrot". It is similar in appearance to other species and subspecies of wild carrot, with umbels of white or pinkish flowers.[4]

Daucus pusillus
Daucus pusillus NPS-01.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Daucus
D. pusillus
Binomial name
Daucus pusillus
  • Babiron pusillum Raf.
  • Daucus brevifolius Raf.
  • Daucus hispidifolius Clos
  • Daucus montevidensis Link ex Spreng.
  • Daucus scaber Larrañaga
  • Daucus scaber Nutt.
  • Daucus scadiophylus Raf.

The taproots are small, edible carrots. This is a common plant found in the southern U.S. and along the west coast of North America from Baja California to British Columbia; as an example occurrence in Baja California, D. pusillus occurs in association with Mimulus aridus and Adiantum jordanii.[5] It should not be confused with Conium maculatum, which is highly poisonous.[6]


  1. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 1 October 2015
  2. ^ "Daucus pusillus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  4. ^ Jepson Manual. 1993. Jepson Manual Treatment: Daucus pusillus
  5. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2008. Coastal Woodfern (Dryopteris arguta), GlobalTwitcher, ed. N. Stromberg Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Daucus Pusillus

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