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Cone-Leaf Vicatia   
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Cone-Leaf Vicatia
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Cone-Leaf Vicatia
Botanical name: Vicatia coniifolia    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Vicatia stewartii, Vicatia millefolia

Cone-Leaf Vicatia is a perennial herb, 5-30 cm tall, essentially hairless. Stem is solitary, erect. Leaves ternate-2-3-pinnate; primary side-stalks 5-6 pairs, very finely divided, both surfaces hairless, ultimate segments linear or lanceshaped, 1.5-3 x 0.8-3 mm, pinnately cut. Leaves are reduced upwards. Flowers are borne in umbels 2-4 cm across, bracts usually absent or 1-2, leaf-like, rays 6-12, un-equal, 4-15 mm in flower, elongating to 3 cm in fruiting umbellules (remains of short male umbellules conspicuous at base of umbel); bracteoles 3-6, linear, 3-5 mm; as long or longer than the umbellules. Petals are white or purplish-red, about 1.5 x 1 mm, base shortly clawed. Fruit oblong-ovoid, 3.3-4 x 1-1.4 mm; ribs thread-like. Cone-Leaf Vicatia is found in alpine meadows, grassy slopes, grassy stream banks in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Sikkin=m, at altitudes of 3000-4700 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Tungnath, Uttarakhand.

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