Wallich Hogweed   
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Wallich Hogweed
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Wallich Hogweed
Botanical name: Pimpinella wallichiana    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)

Wallich Hogweed is an erect herb, 40-75 cm tall, stems simple below, branched above. Stem and branches are round in cross section, faintly striate, often reddish-purple tinged, hairless, young parts thinly velvet-hairy. Lower stem leaves are pinnately 3-foliolate. Lateral leaflets are simple or secondarily pinnately trifoliate. Leaf-stalks are 3-6 cm long, sheathing, sparsely ciliate on margins. Leaflets are 2.6 x 0.8-3.2 cm, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, sparsely hairy, sharply toothed. Leaflet-stalks are 0.4-2.0 cm long, secondary leaflets of lateral leaflets stalkless, upper leaves often cut into numerous, linear segments or reduced to sheaths. Flowers are dull white, borne in compound umbels at branch ends. Primary rays are 10-15, 1.0-3.5 cm long, hairless or nearly so, slender, peduncles 2.5-8.0 cm long. Fruits are 0.2 cm long, ovoid, pellucid-granulate. Wallich Hogweed is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed in Thadiyandamol, Karnataka.

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