Pinnate-Leaved Hogweed
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Pinnate-Leaved Hogweed
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Pinnate-Leaved Hogweed • Hindi: Gandhrayan • Ladakhi: སྤུརུ་ Spru
Botanical name: Heracleum pinnatum    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)

Pinnate-Leaved Hogweed is a rather slender plant, up to 40 cm, with umbels of white flowers 5-7 cm across at the top of the stem. Primary rays are 6-20, quite long. Bracts are few or absent, bracteoles lanceshapes, bristly-haired. Secondary rays are very many, with umbels about 1 cm across when in flower. Leaves are up to 25 cm long, compound, with 1-3 pairs of widely spaced, small, ovate, toothed leaflets, 2-3 cm. Lower leaflets are stalked. The upper leaflets are stalkless, 3-lobed. Fruit is elliptic, about 8 mm, with winged lateral ribs and 3 dorsal ribs. Pinnate-Leaved Hogweed is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Himachal Pradesh, common in Ladakh, at altitudes of 3000-4500 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed at Ladakh.
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