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  Daucus carota ssp. sativus
  Family Name : Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

  Synonyms : Daucus carota var. sativus

  Common Names : carrot

  Chinese Name : 胡萝卜

  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Biennial, Annual
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Of cultivated origin
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Agricultural Land)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Roots: Taproot thickened, fleshy, straight, conical to cylindrical, orange(most common).
      Foliage: 8-12, growing in a rosette with long petiole, leaf blade 2-3 pinnate, the segments divided into often linear ultimate lobe
      Flowers: The flowering stalks few to several, , branched, each branch ending in a compound umbel; each umbel comprising 50 or more umbellets, each of which has up to 50 flowers; flowers mainly bisexual in primary umbels, in umbels of higher order an increasing number of male flowers may occur in addition to bisexual flowers.
      Fruits: Oblong-ovoid schizocarps, 2-4mm long, at maturity splitting into 2 mericarps, primary ridges ciliate, secondary ridges with hooked spines.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves; Edible Roots; Edible Storage Organs)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: The roots are consumed raw or cooked, alone or in combination with other vegetable, as an ingredient of soups sauces and in dietary compositions. Young leaves are edible as a leaf vegetable, but are rarely eaten by humans.)
      Medicinal (Carrots are rich in carotenes, some compounds that the liver transforms into vitamin A, which guarantees the good health of the vision by forming a purple pigment that the eye needs in order to be able to see in dim light. Thus people who suffer from night blindness would benefit from the use of carrots on a regular basis.  Carrots can also externally be used to cure skin problems such as eczema, wounds, burns or sunburns. Others medicinal uses include Tonsillitis, colitis, appendicitis, anemia, gravel, blood poisoning, ulcers, rheumatism, indigestion, poor teeth, acne, cancer, etc.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Economic Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, [Remarks] (Carrot Top Propagation: Cutting the existing carrot top with their greens attached to the top.)
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Rosulate / Rosette
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Margin :
      Pinnately Lobed / Pinnatifid
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Root Type :
      Underground (Tap Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Inflorescence Type :
      Compound Umbel
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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