Common name: Milk Parsley • Nepali: भुतकेश Bhutkesh
Botanical name: Selinum wallichianum Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Selinum tenuifolium, Peucedanum wallichianum, Selinum candollei
Milk Parsley is a hairless perennial herb, 50-150 cm tall. Leaves are 3-5
time finely divided into many elliptic segments which themselves are
toothed or lobed. Flowers are white, appearing in compound, umbrella-like
clusters, 5-8 cm across. Bracts are linear or not there at all. Primary
rays are 15-30, bracteoles 5-10, linear to lance-shaped, as long as the
flowers. Lower leaves are up to 20 cm long, with long stalks, while the
upper ones are smaller. Fruit is oblong-ovoid; dorsal ribs slightly
thickened, lateral ribs winged.
Milk Parsley is common in shrubberies and open
slopes, at altitudes of 2700-4000 m in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to
Bhutan. Flowering: July-September.
|Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.|