Torilis Adans., Fam. 2:99. 1763. Boiss., Fl. Or. 2: 1081. 1872; Hiroe, Umb. Asia 1: 34. 1958; Cannon in Tutin et al, Fl. Eur. 2:371. 1968.
Plants annual, hispid. Leaves 1-2-pinnate; segments linear to lanceolate or oval. Umbels terminal and lateral, pedunculate or sessile. Involucre of linear bracts or lacking. Flowers white to light purple. Fruit 2-6 mm long, prickly; primary ridges filiform; secondary ridges hidden by the spines which occupy the whole interval between the primary ridges; vittae solitary under the second¬ary ridges; commissure 2-vittate. Inner seed face concave to sulcate.
A genus of about 20 species from the Mediterranean region to South and East Asia. A few species have been introduced in North and South America.