Grey-Hairy Hogweed
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Grey-Hairy Hogweed
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Grey-Hairy Hogweed
Botanical name: Heracleum canescens    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Heracleum hirsutum, Heracleum cinereum

Grey-Hairy Hogweed is a plant 30-70 cm tall, hairy. Leaves are compound, pinnae oval to ovate, lobed, both surfaces covered with long white hairs. Margin crenate to serrate. Involucre of 1-5 linear bracts or lacking. Rays 5-15, covered with long white hairs. Calyx teeth small, linear. Petals are white, outer petals of outermost flowers distinctly larger. Ovary is densely hairy. Fruit is elliptic, 8 mm long, 6 mm broad, puberulous, slightly narrowed at the base, retuse at the tip. Grey-Hairy Hogweed is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir, Kumaun to Nepal, at altitudes of 2300 m. Found flowering: September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Chakrata, Uttarakhand.

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