Pastinaca lucida L.


Genus: Pastinaca

Catalan common name: Carnassa. Carnera. Carnosa. Figuera infernal. Herba del diable. Herba pudenta.

Province distribution: Balearic Islands.

Distribution in the islands: Mallorca. Menorca.

General distribution (Phytogeography): West Mediterranean

IUCN Category: LCLeast concern

Flowering time: JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Life-forms: Hemicryptophyte.

Habitats: Xero-acanthic shrubs of the mountanous regions, and steppe-grasslands of Ampelodesmos mauritanica. Cultivated fields, path and road sides, disturbed zones. Mountain plant. Stony soils and road sides.

Characteristics: This is an Umbelliferae endemic to the islands of Mallorca and Menorca. Leaves are fairly large, rough to the touch, generally divided into great lobes with white venation patterns that stand out upon the dark green of the leaf surface. Produces tall inflorescences with greenish-yellow flowers. Careful when you touch this plant, as it can produce very irritating, painful blisters to the skin. Flowers in May to July.