Wild carrot roots

Title Info
Common name Queen Annes Lace
Scientific name Daucus carota
Taxonomic group Apiaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Root crops
Selection and adaptations Selection
Selection Artificial Selection
Keywords Umbelliferae
Location Newton,Massachusetts,USA,North America
Queen Anne's Lace or wild carrot roots, Massachusetts, USA
Related materials: Carrot
Compare the roots of the wild carrot--Queen Anne's Lace--with the roots of the domesticated carrot, which is the same species. Click the Related materials link to see both plants.

Roots of Queen Anne?s lace or wild carrot. This is the exact same species as the domestic carrot. Although the roots do not look promising, centuries ago farmers selected variants of the small, woody, virtually inedible root shown here to create the carrots we eat today. It appears that cultivated carrots originated in Afghanistan, and that the orange version we know today was selected for in Holland in the 1600s. Compare this image with that of edible carrots.