Indian Moon Carrot
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Indian Moon Carrot
A Native Photo: Surajit Koley
Common name: Indian Moon Carrot, Indian Stone-Parsley • Bengali: বন জোয়ান Bon jowan, Vanya yamaani • Kannada: Kirimanji ajwan • Marathi: Kirmanji-ajwan • Sanskrit: Vanayamam, Vanayamani
Botanical name: Seseli diffusum    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Seseli indicum, Ligusticum diffusum, Ligusticum indicum

Indian Moon Carrot is an annual herb, 15-30 cm tall, velvet-hairy. Leaves are double compound; segments ovate. Involucre of 5 linear velvet-hairy bracts, about cm long. Umbels are 8-25-rayed, leaf opposed; umbelets are 10-15-flowered; fringed with hairs; Involucel of 5-8 linear bractlets, 5-6 mm long. Sepal-cup teeth are minute. Fruit is about 2 mm long, bristly; ridges prominent. Indian Moon Carrot is found in the Indian Subcontinent to Myanmar.
Medicinal uses: Plant and fruits are stimulant, stomachic, anthelmintic, vermifuge, for expelling roundworms. Veterinary medicine, seeds carminative used as cattle medicine.

Identification credit: Surajit Koley, Raja Ghosh Photographed in Hoogly, West Bengal & Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, Jharkhand.

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