Plant Listings

Anethum graveolens

Anethum graveolens L.


Common Names: Dill


Family: Apiaceae


Habit: Anethum graveolens grows as a fleshy herb to 50 cm in height.  The leaves are alternately arranged; pinnately compound, finely divided into needle like segments, slightly succulent, with a sheathing base.


The incomplete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in compound umbels. There is no calyx. The corolla has 5 unfused yellow petals. There are 5 unfused stamens.  The inferior ovaries have 2 locules each with a single seed.  The fruit is a flattened, brown samara at maturity with wings along the entire edge and ridges throughout.


Habitat: Anethum graveolens grows in fresh water wetlands.


Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Anethum graveolens occurs on all island groupings within the Bahamian Archipelago as well as world wide as a naturalized non-native invasive.  


Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Anethum graveolens is used medicinally in the Bahamian Archipelago for enfant care (gripes/colic, cleaning afterbirth) and gastrointestinal problems (hiccups, indigestion).  It is used worldwide as a spice.

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