Royle's Trachydium
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Royle's Trachydium
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Royle's Trachydium • Hindi: Churoo
Botanical name: Trachydium roylei    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Aulacospermum roylei

Royle's Trachydium is parsley-like plant, erect to prostrate. Tap is root long. Stem is short, up to 5 cm long. Leaves are at the base, 2-3-pinnate; segments linear. Flower-umbels are stalkless or stalked. Occasionally rays form secondary umbels. Involucre of many pinnate, leaf-like bracts. Rays are numerous, up to 15 cm long. Involucel of many pinnate bractlets, longer than the flowering umbellet. Stylopodium conical, black in fruit; styles 1 mm long, divaricate. Fruit ovate, 5 mm long, 3 mm broad; fruit wall verruculose; ridges prominent; furrows 1-vittate. Albumen sulcate. Royle's Trachydium is a plant of higher altitudes, found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 2500-4500 m.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh

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