Venus's Comb
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Venus's Comb
A Native Unknown Photo: Seema Bin Zeenat
Common name: Venus's Comb, Shepherd's Needle, Stork's needle • Kashmiri: Cheedhi kanga ﭼﻴﮍﮬﯽ ﻛﻨﮕﮭﺎ
Botanical name: Scandix pecten-veneris    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Chaerophyllum pecten-veneris, Scandix vulgaris

Venus's Comb is an annual herb up to 25 cm tall, velvet-hairy or becoming hairless, Leaves are 3-pinnately cut, segments 1-4 mm long, linear; leaf bases sheathing; sheath margin fringed with hairs or entire. Flowers are borne in umbels at branch-ends and lateral. Involucre of 1 linear bract or lacking. Rays are 1-3, 1-2 cm long. Involucel of several lanceshaped, oval or ovate, fringed with hairs bractlets, entire or incised at the tip. Fruits are 3-7 cm, more or less cylindrical, appearing like stout needles. Venus's Comb is a very common species from the plains to 2000 m during the spring season, from Europe, Macaronesia to NW India.

Identification credit: Seema Bin Zeenat Photographed in Rajouri & Darori Doda, Jammu & Kashmir.

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