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25. Vicatia de Candolle, Prodr. 4: 243. 1830.

凹乳芹属 ao ru qin shu

Pu Fading (溥发鼎 Pu Fa-ting); Mark F. Watson

Herbs perennial. Taproot stout, short, sometimes branched. Stem single or 2–3, erect, branched above. Leaves petiolate, sheathing; blade triangular, ternate-2–3-pinnate, or 1–2-pinnate. Umbels compound, terminal on stem and branches; bracts few or absent; rays unequal; bracteoles several, entire; umbellules 8–20-flowered. Calyx teeth obsolete. Petals ovate or obovate, white or flushed purple, apex narrow inflexed, base clawed or cuneate. Stylopodium low conic or depressed; styles short, recurved. Fruit ovoid or oblong-ovoid, slightly laterally compressed, smooth; ribs filiform; vittae (1–)3–4(–5) in each furrow, (1–)4–6(–8) on commissure. Seed face deeply concave or sulcate. Carpophore 2-parted, sometimes to base.

About five species: Sino-Himalayan region, from Afghanistan to SW China; three species (one endemic) in China.

This is a taxonomically problematic genus; see comments under Carum and Tongoloa.

1 Leaves ternate-2-pinnate, leaflets serrate; ultimate segments ovate, 2–3 cm broad; rachis minutely scabrous.   1 Vicatia bipinnata
+ Leaves ternate-2–3-pinnate, leaflets finely dissected; ultimate segments oblong-ovate or linear to lanceolate, less than 1 cm broad; rachis glabrous.   (2)
2 (1) Leaves abaxially minutely scabrous on main veins; bracteoles subulate, shorter than the pedicels; short male umbellules absent at base of fruiting umbel.   2 Vicatia thibetica
+ Leaves glabrous on both surfaces; bracteoles linear, longer than the pedicels; rays of male umbellules not elongating after flowering, clustered at base of fruiting umbel.   3 Vicatia coniifolia

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