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Sphallerocarpus gracilis (Bess.) K.-Pol.


Description from Flora of China

Chaerophyllum gracile Besser ex Treviranus, Nova. Acta Phys.-Med. Acad. Caes. Leop.-Carol. Nat. Cur. 13(1): 172. 1826; Sphallerocarpus cyminum Besser ex de Candolle.

Plants 50–120 cm high. Root tuberous or conic. Stem somewhat white pubescent towards base, nearly glabrous above. Basal leaves caducous. Cauline leaves petiolate; petioles 1–7 cm, sheaths brown, margin scarious, white pubescent; ultimate segments ovate-lanceolate, 5–10 × 3–5 mm, 3-lobed or toothed. Rays 6–13, 2–4 cm, unequal; bracteoles 5, long-ovate to broad-lanceolate, 1.5–2.5 × 1–2 mm, pubescent, margin scarious, often reflexed; umbellules 15–25-flowered. Pedicels 2–6 mm, unequal. Petals ca. 1.2 × 1 mm. Fruit 4–7 × 1.5–2 mm. Fl. and fr. Jul–Oct.

This species has reputed medicinal value (in Qinghai).

Mountain slopes, arable lands, waste places; 500–2800 m. Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Nei Mongol, Qinghai, Shanxi, NW Sichuan, Xinjiang [Japan, Mongolia, Russia (E Siberia)].


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