Trachyspermum Link

Trachyspermum is, as traditionally circumscribed, an Old World genus of 15 species. All are native to Africa and parts of Asia (Mabberley 2008). One species, Trachyspermum ammi, is more or less widely grown as a medicinal plant or for its edible fruits.

Trachyspermum is a heterogeneous genus having uncertain generic boundaries with Pimpinella (Zhou & al. 2008). Trachyspermum ammi allies with Cyclospermum in tribe Pyramidoptereae.


Barclay E.L. & Watson M.F. (1998) A revision of Carum and Trachyspermum (Umbelliferae) in the Socotran Archipelago. Kew Bull. 53(4): 897-907.

Dave Y.S. & Menon A.R.S. (1989) Systematic and comparative value of fruit architecture in Trachyspermum species. Feddes Repert. 100(5-6): 251-256.

Jansen P.C.M. (1981) Spices, condiments and medicinal plants in Ethiopia, their taxonomy and agricultural significance. [available online at:]

Mabberley D.J. (2008) Mabberley’s plant-book (3th ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: XVIII + 1021 p.

Townsend C.C. (1986) Oreoschimperella and Trachyspermum (Umbelliferae) in East Africa and Arabia. Kew Bull. 41(2): 453-458.

Zhou J., Peng H., Downie S.R., Liu Z.-W. & Gong X. (2008) A molecular phylogeny of Chinese Apiaceae subfamily Apioideae inferred from nuclear ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer sequences. Taxon 57(2): 402-416. [available online at:]

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