Ligusticum apiifolium

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Ligusticum apifolium, commonly known as Cerlery leaved lovage is a flowering plant within the carrot/parsley family (Umbelliferae/ Apiaceae).


  • Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
  • Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
  • Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
  • Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
  • Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
  • Subclass: - Magnoliidae
  • Order: Apiales
  • Family: Apiaceae/Umbelliaceae- Carrot family
  • Genus: Ligusticum
  • Species: apiifolium


General: Stout perennial herb from a thick taproot; stems 50-120 cm tall, branching, glabrous, leafy with fibrous remains of leaf sheaths at the base. Leaves: Compound, mostly basal, divided into distinct toothed leaflets up to 5 cm long; stem leaves reduced but at least 1 fairly well-developed. Flowers: Inflorescence in small compound umbels with 7-14 compact heads; flowers white, rays of terminal umbels 15-40; involucral bracts lacking. Fruits: Oblong to elliptic, 4-5 mm long, glabrous, with narrowly winged ribs.

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Abbreviation: LIAP

Seed sample from: 2011

Average Measurement: 4.5 x 2.1 x 1.4

Measurement Range: L: 4 – 5, W: 2 – 2.5, D: 1 – 2


Shapes: Seeds have two distinct seed faces. One side is more flattened or concave, and the other is more convex. Hilum tapered, opposite apex rounded. Color: Entire seed several shades of brown.

Surface: One seed face has several distinct ridges running longitudinally from hilum to opposite apex. The other seed face has one longitudinal white line running from hilum to opposite apex. Seeds sometimes wrinkled or slightly bumpy, and somewhat lustrous.

Latitudinal Cross Section: ovate LIAP lat.png

Longitudinal Cross Section: elliptical LIAP long.png