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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 263. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Type: Type: Describe from N. Europe.
Distribution: Distribution: Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Himalayas in India and W. Pakistan.
Comment/Acknowledgements: A common plant of fields and meadows from 2000 to 3500 m in the Himala¬yas. The fruits called ‘Caraway Seed’ are aromatic and contain volatile oil, the principal constituent being carvone. They are used as an aromatic carminative and as a flavouring in confectionery.
Illustration: Carum carvi L. (Illustration)
Map Location: A-7 Chitral : Arkari Gol, Stainton 2600 (BM, RAW) ; Bombrait, Y. Nasir 5084 (RAW); Gilgit Agency: Rama, Astore, A.H. Khan, s.n. (PFI-B) ; Naltar, R.R. Stewart, 17.7.54 (RAW) ; B-7 Bhabusar Village, 12000 ft., M.A. Siddiqi & Y. Nasir 2781 (RAW) ; Doian, A.H. Khan, s.n. (PFI-B) ; Hazara: Kaghan, 8000 ft., M.A. Siddiqi 2999 (RAW) ; Saif ul Maluk, Shaukat Ali 26392 (RAW) ; Naran, Burtt 815 (E) ; Naran, E. Nasir 2977 (RAW) ; B-8 Kashmir: Chillam Chowki, Siddiqi & Y. Nasir 4167 (RAW); Chorwan, Kishen Ganga, R.R. Stewart 19618 (RAW); B-9 Baltistan; Hushe to Kande, Webster & Nasir 6270 (GH, RAW); Satpura, Webster & Nasir 6335, 5808 (GH, RAW); Thalle La, 10000 ft., R.R. Stewart 20667 (RAW); C-8 Poonch: Bhedi, R.R. Stewart & E. Nasir 24063 (RAW).


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Perennial, up to 70 cm tall, branched, glabrous. Root fusiform, elongated. Leaves bipinnatisect; segments filiform to lanceolate or oval, lower leaves petio¬late, upper sessile; bases sheathing; sheath margin white, membranous. Involucre of 1-5 linear bracts or lacking. Rays 5-9, unequal. Involucel of minute bractlets or lacking. Flowers white or rose coloured. Calyx teeth obscure. Fruit pedicels very unequal. Fruit ovoid to oblong, yellowish brown, 3-4 mm long; ridges prominent, obtuse; furrows 1-vittate; commissure 2-vittate.
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