White-Leaf Hogweed
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White-Leaf Hogweed
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: White-Leaf Hogweed • Hindi: Chhataya • Lahaul: Raswal
Botanical name: Semenovia candicans    Family: Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Synonyms: Heracleum candicans, Tetrataenium candicans

White-Leaf Hogweed is a tall plant, up to 2 m tall, distinguished by the white-felted underside of the large pinnately lobed leaves. Flowers are white - the outer petals of the flowers are larger, bilobed. Bracts are usually absent. Primary rays are numerous, hairy; bracteols 5-8, linear to lanceshaped. Secondary umbels are about 2.5 cm across. Leaves are about 20-60 cm, with large elliptic to ovate toothed lobes or leaflets 7-10 cm long. Upper leaves have large boat-shaped sheaths. Fruit is flattened, obconic, 7-12 mm long, minutely hairy, with broad lateral wings and slender dorsal ribs. White-Leaf Hogweed is found on open slopes and drier areas in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China, at altitudes of 1800-4300 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Srinagar, Kashmir.

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