Botanical name: Torilis japonica Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Caucalis japonica, Torilis anthriscus, Caucalis anthriscus
Upright Hedge Parsley is an annual herb occasionally found on waste ground, beside paths in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 500-3000 m. Stems are stiff, ridged, with downward-pointing appressed hairs. Leaves are double compound with much-divided segments. Both upper and lower bracts present, narrow and undivided. White flower are borne in umbels 2-4 cm in diameter, inflorescence being very similar to other plants of carrot family. Fruits are 3-4 mm long, with purple hooked bristles. The fruits grab hold of nearly any fabric and any hairy appendage which happens to be exposed. Because of this feature the plant spreads very rapidly.
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