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Chaerophyllum temulum

Chaerophyllum temulum (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Apiales

Familia: Apiaceae
Subfamilia: Apioideae
Tribus: Scandiceae
Subtribus: Scandicinae
Genus: Chaerophyllum
Species: Chaerophyllum temulum

Chaerophyllum temulum L (1753)

Bellia temulenta (L.) Bubani
Chaerophyllum geniculatum Gilib.
Chaerophyllum hirsutum Pall.
Chaerophyllum temulum var. canescens (Baen. ex Thell.) P.D.Sell
Chaerophyllum temulum f. canescens Baen. ex Thell.
Myrrhis temula (L.) All.
Polgidon temulum (L.) Raf.
Scandix nutans Moench
Scandix temula (L.) Roth
Selinum temulum (L.) E.H.L.Krause

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Europe
Albania, Austria, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Luxembourg, England, Bulgaria, Corsica, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, France, Channel Isl., Germany, Greece, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Andorra, Hungary, Italy, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia & Kosovo, Macedonia, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Sicily, Sardinia, Sweden, Crimea, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia (I), C-, E- & S-European Russia, Ukraine, Moldavia, Belarus, European Turkey
Continental: Asia-Temperate
Northern Caucasus, Georgia [Caucasus], Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey (Inner Anatolia, N-Anatolia)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus I: 258. Reference page.


Hassler, M. 2018. Chaerophyllum temulum. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2018 Aug. 31. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Chaerophyllum temulum. Published online. Accessed: Aug. 31 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Chaerophyllum temulum in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published online. Accessed: 2018 Aug. 31. 2018. Chaerophyllum temulum. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 31 Aug. 2018.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Chaerophyllum temulum in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
العربية: سرفل مترنح
čeština: krabilice mámivá
Cymraeg: gorthyfail garw
dansk: Almindelig Hulsvøb
Deutsch: Hecken-Kälberkropf
English: Rough Chervil
español: Cejuda blanca
eesti: Uimastav varesputk
suomi: Myrkkykirveli
français: Cerfeuil penché
Gàidhlig: Costag Ghiobach
Nedersaksies: Dolle kaarvel
Nederlands: Dolle kervel
polski: Świerząbek gajowy
русский: бутень одуряющий
slovenčina: krkoška mámivá
svenska: Hårkörvel
українська: Бутень п'янкий

Chaerophyllum temulum, the rough chervil,[2] is a species of flowering plant in the family Apiaceae.

Unlike several other species in the genus, Chaerophyllum temulum is poisonous.[3]


The generic name Chaerophyllum is a compound of the Greek elements chairo 'to please' and phyllon a leaf, giving the meaning 'having pleasant foliage'. The specific name temulum or temulentum means 'drunken' - from the similarity of the symptoms elicited by poisoning by the plant to those of alcoholic intoxication.[4][5]

Somewhat hispid, biennial herb. Stems to 100 centimetres (39 in), solid, swollen below nodes, purple-spotted or wholly purple. Leaves bi- to tri-pinnate, dark green, appressed-hairy on both surfaces, longipetiolate: lobes mostly 10–20 millimetres (0.39–0.79 in), ovate in outline, deeply toothed, the teeth contracted abruptly at the apex. Umbels compound, bearing usually 6-12 (occasionally as few as 4 or as many as 15) hairy rays usually 1.5–5 centimetres (0.59–1.97 in) long; peduncle longer than rays, hairy; terminal umbel with mostly hermaphrodite flowers, overtopped by lateral umbels, which have mostly male flowers. Bracts absent, or rarely 1-2; bracteoles 5-8, shorter than pedicels, ciliate, eventually deflexed. Flowers white; sepals absent; outer petals not radiating; styles with enlarged base, forming stylopodium. Fruit usually 5–6 millimetres (0.20–0.24 in), slightly laterally compressed, oblong but narrowing toward apex, constricted at commissure; mericarps having broad, rounded ridges; carpophore present; vittae solitary, conspicuous; pedicels without a ring of hairs at apex; styles roughly as long as stylopodium, recurved; stigma capitate. Cotyledons tapered gradually at base without distinct petiole. Flowering time (in U.K.) : late May to early July.

Chromosome number of Chaerophyllum temulum and infraspecific taxa 2n = 14, 22.

Chaerophyllum temulum is found throughout most of Europe, although it is rare in the Mediterranean region. Its range also extends into the Maghreb and Western Asia, including Turkey and the Caucasus.[6] Within the United Kingdom the plant is common in most of England and Wales, but local and mainly Eastern in distribution in Scotland. In Ireland the plant is local and confined mainly to the Eastern half of the country. In much of England the plant is distinguishable from other umbelliferae by being the first of the common roadside species to flower after Anthriscus sylvestris, with other distinguishing features including hairy, purple-spotted stems and swollen tops to the internodes.[7]

Chaerophyllum temulum is a ruderal or pioneer species which will grow in a variety of situations, from damp places, such as waterside thickets, to open woodland, woodland edges, waste places, by walls and fences, in both lowland and hilly country.[3]

Pollen is collected by solitary bees.[8]

Chaerophyllum temulum contains (mainly in the upper parts and fruits) a volatile alkaloid chaerophylline, as well as other (probably glycosidally bound) toxins, the chemistry and pharmacology of which has, as yet, been but little studied . Externally, the sap of the plant can cause inflammation of the skin and persistent rashes. If consumed, the plant causes gastro-intestinal inflammation, drowsiness, vertigo and cardiac weakness. Human poisonings have seldom been observed, because the plant lacks aromatic essential oils that could lead to its being confused with edible umbellifers used to flavour food. It is, however, used occasionally in folk medicine. Animal poisonings by the plant are commoner than those of humans, pigs and cattle thus intoxicated exhibiting a staggering gait, unsteady stance, apathy and severe, exhausting colic, ending sometimes in death. Such symptoms recall those caused by the toxic grass Lolium temulentum, the common darnel. Chaerophyllum bulbosum and Chaerophyllum hirsutum have also been reported to be toxic.[3] Chaerophyllum temulum has been reported to contain the polyyne falcarinol and the compound falcarinone.[9]
Use in herbal medicine

Chaerophyllum temulum has been used in folk medicine, in small doses, to treat arthritis, dropsy, and chronic skin complaints, and as a spring tonic. The early modern physician Boerhaave (1668–1738) once successfully used a decoction of the herb combined with Sarsaparilla to treat a woman suffering from leprosy – in the course of which treatment temporary blindness was a severe side effect following each dose.

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BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
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Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening pub. Oxford University Press 1984 Volume I : A to Cocculus
Botanical Latin Stearn,William T., revised and annotated second edition first pub. 1973, 3rd impression 1980 David and Charles, Newton Abbot, Devon, U.K.
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Umbellifers of the British Isles Tutin T.G. BSBI Handbook No.2. Pub. Botanical Society of the British Isles,1980.
Wood, Thomas J.; Holland, John M.; Goulson, Dave (2016). "Providing foraging resources for solitary bees on farmland: current schemes for pollinators benefit a limited suite of species" (PDF). Journal of Applied Ecology. 54: 323–333. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12718.
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