Foeniculum Mill.

1 species naturalized Aust.; Qld, NSW, Vic., Tas., S.A.

*Foeniculum vulgare Mill.

Erect, glabrous biennial 2m or more high, strongly aromatic (aniseed). Leaves finely divided with numerous filiform segments; petioles hollow, with sheathing bases. Flowers yellow, numerous, in compound umbels without involucral bracts or bracteoles; rays 10–30, on long peduncles. Calyx truncate. Petals rolled inwards. Fruit oblong, 5 mm long, slightly compressed; mericarps with 5 prominent ribs; vittae 1 under each furrow. Widespread. Common weed in vacant land. Introd. from Europe, W. Asia. Fennel