Fern-Leaf Milk Parsley
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Fern-Leaf Milk Parsley
P Native Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Fern-Leaf Milk Parsley
Botanical name: Selinum filicifolium    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Selinum tenuifolium var. filicifolia (Edgew.) C.B. Clarke

Fern-Leaf Milk Parsley is a hairless perennial herb with stems 6-5 ft tall, and leaves 3-5 times finely divided into very numerous elliptic segments which are deeply toothed or lobed. Flowers are white, in compound hairy umbels 5-8 cm across; bracts linear or absent; primary rays 15-30; bracteoles 5- 10, linear to lanceshaped, white-margined, as long as the flowers. Lower leaves are up to 20 cm, long- stalked, sheathing at base, the upper smaller, the uppermost reduced to a sheath. Fruit is about 4 mm, with broad lateral wings and dorsal and inter- mediate ribs narrowly winged. Fern-Leaf Milk Parsley is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, at altitudes of 2700-4000 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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