Feather-Leaf Pimpinel
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Feather-Leaf Pimpinel
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Feather-Leaf Pimpinel, Tapering-Leaf Hogweed
Botanical name: Pimpinella acuminata    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Carum acuminatum, Reutera acuminata, Pimpinella hazariensis

Feather-Leaf Pimpinel is a perennial hairless herb, up to 1 m tall. Leaves are stalked, up to 15 cm long, double-compound; leaflets oval to ovate, incised; leaf bases sheathing. Flower-cluster-stalks are 3-15 cm long, with an involucre of 5-6 linear white margined bracts. Umbels are 4-10 cm across. Rays are 4-10, slender, 2-6 cm long, with involucel of 5-6 white margined bractlets. Flower-stalks are 1-2.5 cm long, thread-like. Sepal-cup teeth are obsolete. Petals are white, broad-ovate, below hairy, tip notched with incurved lobule. Fruit is ovoid to almost spherical, 2-3 mm long, hairless; ridges thin, not prominent. Feather-Leaf Pimpinel is a common plant in the Himalayas in India and W. Pakistan, and in China, at altitudes of 2000-2500 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Chakrata, Uttarakhand.

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