Diverse-Leaf Pimpinel
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Diverse-Leaf Pimpinel
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Diverse-Leaf Pimpinel, Diverse-Leaf Hogweed
Botanical name: Pimpinella diversifolia    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)

Diverse-Leaf Pimpinel is a perennial, velvet-hairy herb, up to 1 m tall. Basal leaves sometimes simple, undivided, ovate to heart-shaped; margin sawtoothed; stem leaves pinnate; leaflets 3-5, lanceolate to oval or ovate, margin sawtoothed to laciniate. Involucral bracts lacking. Rays are 5-20, 1-2.5 cm long, velvet-hairy. Involucel of 4-6 linear bractlets or lacking. Petals are white, outer larger. Fruit is ovate to ovoid, 2 mm long, hairless to velvet-hairy; ridges not prominent. Diverse-Leaf Pimpinel is a common and a very variable species found in the Himalayas, from E. Afghanistan to NE India, China and Indo-China, S. Japan to Taiwan, at altitudes of 1500-3000 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed near Baramulla, Kashmir.

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