West Highland Flora

Upright Hedge Parsley


Torilis japonica

 

Torilis japonica

Photo Carl Farmer
15 Sep 2003 North Berwick, East Lothian

Occasional on waste ground, beside paths, etc

Flower umbels c 2-4 cm diameter.  No flower pics yet, all pics are of droopy plant late in season.  Fruits 3-4 mm long

ID: Typical umbellifer flowers.  Leaves doubly pinnate with much-divided segments, similar to Cow Parsley.  Both upper and lower bracts present, narrow and undivided (Cow Parsley has no lower bracts

Other features: Annual.  Fruit has purple hooked bristles (Wild Carrot and Sanicle are the other local umbellifers with bristly fruit).  Stems stiff, ridged, with downward-pointing appressed hairs.  Upper and lower bracts often appressed to the umbel rays.

 

Torilis japonica

Photo Carl Farmer
15 Sep 2003 North Berwick, East Lothian
 

  Torilis japonica

Photo Carl Farmer
15 Sep 2003 North Berwick, East Lothian

Fresh fruits   Mature fruits

 

Torilis japonica

Photo Carl Farmer
15 Sep 2003 North Berwick, East Lothian
 

Remind me again why it's called "Upright" Hedge Parsley...


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