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Coriandrum sativum   (Coriander)

Coriandrum sativum   (APIACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Coriandrum sativum retrieved from on 2020-May-27

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Coriandrum sativum L.
Published in Sp. Pl. 256 (1753).

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Selinum coriandrum Krause
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Apiaceae Lindl. (=Umbelliferea) (The Carrot Family)
34 species from the Apiaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Coriander, Chinese Parsley

Maltese name(s) :


Status for Malta :

Casual or accidental alien species introduced in Malta rather recently and which is short-lived or resticted in small populations for a short time without becoming widespread.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE (annuals)
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Not Protected by Law (LN200/2011 or LN311/2006)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:


Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Cultivated for its aromatic fruits, sometimes escapes near agricultural areas or in abanonded fields

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Escapee in fields, field margins and footpaths near prior cultivation. Also observed in urban area possibly from dispersed seed from markets

Botanical Description:

Glabrous annual 15-50 cm, foetid when fresh. Segments of lower leaves ovate-cuneate, irregularly toothed; lobes of upper leaves linear. Rays 3-5(-10). Bracts 0 or 1; bracteoles usually 3, linear. Fruit 2-6 x 2-5.5 mm.

Chromosome number:


Distributional range:

Widely naturalized in S. Europe, more rarely or casual further north.

Native region outside Europe:

(N. Africa, W. Asia.)

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):

Introduced in  Austria and Liechtenstein, the Azores, Crete, Czeck Republic and Slovakia, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Hungary, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia and former USSR, Sicily and/or Malta

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

Ag Bu Ct dGg Ir Jo Le Sl Sn dSr [Ab(A) cAl Ar aAu(A) Az(F L M T) Bl aBr Ca(C F G H L T) Cg aCo Cr Cs Cy aDa nEg aFe aGa(F) aGe cGr cHs aHs(S) It aLe aLu Ma Md(M P) Mk Mo aNo cPo dRf(CS) cRm cSi(M) aSi(S) dSk aSu aSy aTn Tu(A E) Uk(U)]

Images (8 images)
   Coriandrum sativum   -   Image Code: CORSV-0.
   Coriandrum sativum   -   Image Code: CORSV-1.
   Coriandrum sativum   -   Image Code: CORSV-2.
   Coriandrum sativum   -   Image Code: CORSV-3.
   Coriandrum sativum   -   Image Code: CORSV-4.
   Coriandrum sativum   -   Image Code: CORSV-5.
   Coriandrum sativum   -   Image Code: CORSV-6.
   Coriandrum sativum   -   Image Code: CORSV-7.

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