Himalayan Chervil
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Himalayan Chervil
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Himalayan Chervil
Botanical name: Chaerophyllum reflexum var. acuminatum    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Chaerophyllum acuminatum

Himalayan Chervil is a herb up to 2 feet tall, velvet-hairy. Roots are carrot-like and edible. Leaves are 1-2-pinnate; pinnae linear to lanceshaped; margins regularly sawtoothed. Involucral bracts are lacking. Rays are 7-10, unequal. Involucel of 5 lanceshaped bractlets with long, white marginal hairs; tip tapering. Petals are white. Fruit is cylindrical, about 8 mm long; stylopodium conical; styles short; ridges prominent; furrows 1-vittate. Inner seed face deeply grooved. Himalayan Chervil is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Nepal, at altitudes of 2500-4000 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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