Yellow Avens
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Yellow Avens
P Native Photo: Shakir Ahmad
Common name: Yellow Avens
Botanical name: Geum aleppicum    Family: Rosaceae (Rose family)
Synonyms: Geum decurrens, Geum ranunculoides, Geum strictum

Yellow Avens is a perennial herb with stems erect, 30-100 cm tall, together with leaf-stalks spreading rigid hairy, rarely becoming hairless. Flowers are borne at branch-ends, in lax clusters. Flowers are 1-1.7 cm across; flower-stalk velvet-hairy or hirtellous. Sepals are ovate-triangular, tip tapering; false sepals lanceshaped, minute, about 1/2 as long as sepals, tip tapering, rarely 2-fid. Petals are yellow, nearly round, longer than sepals. Radical leaves are lyrate-pinnate, 5-15 cm including leaf-stalk, usually with 2-6 pairs of leaflets, both surfaces sparsely rigid hairy; leaflets unequal, at branch-ends one largest, broadly rhombic-ovate or compressed round, 4-15 x 5-15 cm, base broadly heart-shaped to wedge-shaped, margin usually irregularly coarsely sawtoothed, tip blunt or pointed. Stem leaves: stipules green, leaflike, ovate, large, margin irregularly coarsely sawtoothed; leaf blade pinnate, sometimes repeatedly lobed; end leaflet lanceshaped or obovate-lanceshaped. Achene are aggregate obovoid; fruiting receptacle bristly, achenes hirtellous. Yellow Avens is found in Temperate Northern Hemisphere. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Shakir Ahmad, Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kashmir.

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