Anethum graveolens L.
Common Names: Dill
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.