Nepal Hogweed   
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Nepal Hogweed
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Nepal Hogweed • Nepali: बुढ़ो औशाधी Budho Aushaadhi
Botanical name: Heracleum nepalense    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)

Nepal Hogweed is a small shrub which grows from Himachal Pradesh to Bhutan. It is somewhat similar to the Himalayan Hogweed. The stems can grow to 60-160 cm tall. Lower leaves are pinnate with toothed, deeply lobed, or pinnately-cut large leaflets. The upper leaves are arranged in threes, with lelaflets often 3-lobed. Flowers are small, white, borne in upright umbels. Fruit is obovate, to 1 cm, with lateral wings and weak ribs.
Medicinal uses: Nepal Hogweed is used in veterinary medicine. It exhibits stimulant property and increases the rate of respiration and blood pressure in goats. The root of the plant is used as a digestive, an aphrodisiac, a carminative and an antidiarrheal in folk medicine.

Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.
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