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Anthriscus (family Umbelliferae) A genus of herbaceous plants that have fern-like, 2 or 3 times pinnate leaves and compound umbels. Usually there are no bracts but several bracteoles. The flowers are small and white. The fruits are ovoid to oblong, smooth or spiny, and hardly ridged. A. cereifolium (chervil) has aniseed-flavoured leaves and is cultivated as a vegetable. There are some 12 species, found in temperate Eurasia and in N. Africa.