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Libanotis condensata (Linn.) Crantz


Description from Flora of China

Athamanta condensata Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 1195. 1753; Libanotis laserpitiifolia (Palibin) K. T. Fu; L. vulgaris de Candolle var. condensata (Linnaeus) de Candolle; Pachypleurum condensatum (Linnaeus) Korovin; Peucedanum condensatum (Linnaeus) Koso-Poljansky; Seseli condensatum (Linnaeus) H. G. Reichenbach; S. laserpitiifolium Palibin.

Plants 20–90 cm. Caudex branched. Stem solitary, branched above or simple, hollow, glabrous, angled and fluted. Leaf blade oblong, 6–30 × 2–10 cm, 2–3-pinnatisect; ultimate segments linear, 2–15 × 1–2 mm, hirsute on both surfaces along rachis and veins, margins hirsutulous, apex acuminate or acute. Synflorescence corymbose; umbels terminal, 3–7 cm across; peduncle apex densely hirsute; bracts 6–10, linear, ca. 1.5 cm, scarious-margined, pubescent; rays 15–25, ca. 2 cm, subequal, stout; bracteoles several, linear, exceeding flowers, villous; umbellules 15–20-flowered; pedicels ca. 4 mm. Calyx teeth subulate, 0.2–0.4 mm, pubescent. Petals white, glabrous or abaxially sparsely pubescent. Stylopodium dark purple, conic. Fruit ellipsoid, moderately dorsally compressed, 3–4 × 2–3 mm, densely villous; vittae 2–4 in each furrow, 4 on commissure. Fl. and fr. Jul–Sep.

This species has reputed medicinal value (in Shanxi).

Two of us (Pimenov & Kljuykov, FOC 14: 130. 2005) treat this as Seseli condensatum, but exclude Seseli laserpitiifolium as synonymous with S. seseloides.

Forest margins, grassy places, streamsides; 1400–2400 m. Hebei, Nei Mongol, N Shanxi (Ningwu), N Xinjiang (Altay) [Kazakhstan, Mongolia, S and SE Russia].


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