Tall Sanicula
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Tall Sanicula
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Tall Sanicula • Nepali: कानचुरने Kanchurne
Botanical name: Sanicula elata    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Sanicula capensis, Sanicula europaea var. elata, Sanicula montana

Tall Sanicula is a hairless 20-75 cm tall perennial herb, symmetrically branched upwards. Leaves are palmately 3-foliolate, papery; leaf-stalk to 9 cm; principal segments ovate, 3-6 x 2-3.5 cm, base wedge-shaped, margin toothed, tip tapering. Umbels simple, cymosely arranged, at branch-ends, also in upper axils, to 15 cm; flower-cluster-stalk to 6 cm. Involucre of 2-6 lanceshaped bracts. Each umbel of 3-6 staminate flowers, and 3 bisexual flowers. Sepals 5, lanceshaped. Petals are 5, obovate, white. Stamens 5. Fruit is ovoid-oblong, 3 x 2.5 mm, densely covered with uncinate bristles. Tall Sanicula is found in W Indian Ocean, SW Arabian Peninsula, Tropical & Subtropical Asia, including the Himalayas. Flowering: May-October.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

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