Mountain Angelica
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Mountain Angelica
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Mountain Angelica
Botanical name: Angelica oreada    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Archangelica oreadum, Angelica officinalis var. himalaica, Angelica archangelica var. himalaica

Mountain Angelica is a plant which has gone through many identification revisions. The plants is 2-3 m tall, with stout stem with ridges and grooves. Leaves are 2-3-pinnate, leaflets stalkless, lanceshaped to oval, 4-15 cm long, 2-8 cm broad. Bases of upper leaflets are narrow into wings, leaf bases sheathing. Flower umbels are carried on 8-15 cm long stalks. There is involucre of small linear bracts below the umbels. Rays are 15-40, stout. Flower-stalks are 5-8 mm long. The umbellets have an involcre of long linear bractlets. Flowers are numerous, white. Calyx teeth are obsolete. Fruit is oblong to sub-quadrate, 6-8 mm long, 3-4 mm broad. Dorsal and intermediate ridges are prominent, lateral ridges winged. Inner seed face is concave. Mountain Angelica is found in Western Himalayas, at altitudes of 2500-4000 m.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Chor, Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh & Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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