Brown's Hogweed
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Brown's Hogweed
P Native Photo: Ashwini Bhatia
Common name: Brown's Hogweed
Botanical name: Tordyliopsis brunonis    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Heracleum brunonis, Tordylium brunonis, Tordylioides brunonis

Brown's Hogweed is an alpine plant 20-60 cm tall. It is named for Robert Brown, 19th century Scottish botanist. Flowers are greenish white or purple, outer often radiant, large, borne in umbels 4-6 cm across; rays 4-10, 1.5-3 cm, densely softly velvet-hairy; bracts 4-6, lanceshaped-tapering, 15-30 x 2-5 mm; umbellules 1.5-2 cm across; bracteoles similar to bracts, overtopping flowers. Outer radiant petals up to 7 x 4 mm. Styles are 3-4 mm. Fruit 6-7 x 5-6 mm, wings about 1 mm. Leaves are compound with basal leaf-stalks 10-25 cm long. Leaflets are 5-9, oblong-ovate, 2-3.5 x 1.5-3 cm, stalkless, base rounded, margin irregularly sawtoothed, tip pointed, softly velvet-hairy especially below. Brown's Hogweed is found growing among shrubs and boulders in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 3300-4300 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg, Sunit Singh Photographed around Lahaish Cave, Himachal Pradesh & Madhmaheshwar Valley, Uttarakhand.

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