Forest Chervil
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Forest Chervil
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Forest Chervil
Botanical name: Anthriscus nemorosa    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Chaerefolium nemorosum, Anthriscus rivularis, Anthriscus aemula

Forest Chervil is a nitrate loving plant, 1-3 m tall. Stem is stout, striped, branched. Leaves are 20-40 cm long, hairless to velvet-hairy, double compound; leaflets lanceshaped to oval, pinnately cut. Flower-cluster-stalks are 3-8 cm long. Involucre of 1 or 2 linear bracts or lacking. Rays are 10-15, unequal, 2-5 cm long. Involucel of 5-6 lanceshaped to oval or ovate bractlets, margins entire or fringed with hairs, veins prominent. Petals white, outer larger. Fruit is lanceshaped to oblong, black, 1 cm long, beaked, tuberculate to bristly or bristly; furrows 1-2-vittate; vittae minute. Forest Chervil is found in S. Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, Iran, Central Asia, to Japan, amd Western Himalaya.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Dachhigam Kashmir.

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