Pastinaca

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Pastinaca
Parsnips-1.jpg
A selection of parsnips
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Pastinaca
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Species

14, see text.

Pastinaca (parsnips) is a genus of flowering plant in the Apiaceae, comprising 14 species. The economically most important member of the genus is Pastinaca sativa, the parsnip.

Etymology[edit]

‘Pastinaca’ means ‘Earth-food’, or ‘from a trench in the earth’, and is derived from the word ‘pastinare’, meaning ‘to dig’.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gledhill, David (2008). "The Names of Plants". Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521866453 (hardback), ISBN 9780521685535 (paperback). pp 292