West Highland Flora

Cow Parsley


Anthriscus sylvestris

 

Anthriscus sylvestris

Photo Carl Farmer
7 May 2004 Portree, Skye

Common in the south of the area but rare in the north (though surprisingly common in North Skye).  On shaded roadsides and similar places.

Flower diameter c 3-4 mm.  Fruit c 5 mm long.

ID: Leaves 2-3-pinnate.  Umbels have 4-10 primary rays and no lower bracts but several undivided upper bracts.  Stem furrowed, downy below, hairless above.  Plant not aromatic.  Flowers > 3 mm across.

Other features: Leaves have fern-like appearance.  Fruits black.  Umbel has gently curving surface but not at all globular.  Petals slightly notched or unnotched, outer flowers have outer petals larger, inner ones have all petals same size.

 

Anthriscus sylvestris

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Jun 2002 Portree, Skye

  Anthriscus sylvestris

Photo Carl Farmer
14 May 2003 Portree, Skye
 

Left: Whole umbel showing lack of lower bracts.
Above: Partial umbel at the end of one of the
primary rays, with the upper bracts visible.  The
whole umbel is made up of around 4-10 partial
umbels such as this.

 

Anthriscus sylvestris

Photo Carl Farmer
10 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye

Autumn regrowth from base of dead summer stem


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