Candolle's Milk Parsley
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Candolle's Milk Parsley
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Candolle's Milk Parsley • Nepali: भूतकेश Bhhotakesh
Botanical name: Oreocome candollei    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Cortia candollei, Selinum candollei, Angelica candollei

Candolle's Milk Parsley is a perennial herb 1-3 m tall. Stem is stout, hairless, branched. Leaf bases are large, sheathing. Leaves are 3-pinnate; pinnae lanceshaped to oval, 1-3 cm long, pinnately parted to pinnately cut. Flowers have involucre of 5-12 long linear, white margined bracts. Umbel base velvet-hairy. Rays 30 or more, 4-8 cm long, rough or minutely velvet-hairy. Bractlets are similar to the involucral bracts. Base of the flowering umbellet velvet-hairy. Flower-stalks are 5-15 mm long. Sepal-cup teeth linear. Fruit is broadly oblong to almost-quadrate, 4-6 mm long; ridges winged; dorsal furrows 1-vittate, lateral 1-2-vittate; commissure 4-vittate. Inner seed face slightly concave. Candolle's Milk Parsley is native to the Himalaya, from Kashmir to NE India, at altitudes of 2500-3500 m.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh Photographed in Madhmaheshwar Valley, Uttarakhand.

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