West Himalayan Chervil   
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West Himalayan Chervil
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: West Himalayan Chervil
Botanical name: Chaerophyllum reflexum var. acuminatum    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Chaerophyllum acuminatum

West Himalayan Chervil is a plant up to 2 ft tall, velvet-hairy. Roots are long, carrot-like. Leaves are compound or double-compound, leaflets linear to lanceshaped, margins regularly toothed. Involucral bracts are missing. Rays are 7-10, unequal. There is an involucel of 5 lanceolate bractlets with long, white marginal hairs tip long-pointed. Petals white. Fruit is cylindrical, about 8 mm long. Stylopodium is conical, styles short, ridges prominent, furrows 1-vittate. Inner seed face deeply sulcate. Its carrot-like roots are edible. West Himalayan Chervil is found in W. Himalaya, from Kashmir to W. Nepal, at altitudes of 2200-4000 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Gulmarg, Kashmir.
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