Description from Flora of China
Pleurospermum discolor (Ledebour) M. Hiroe; Paraligusticum discolor (Ledebour) V. N. Tikhomirov
Plants 0.6–2 m, stout. Rootstock cylindrical. Stem single, erect, striate, hollowed and branching, base densely covered in fibrous remnant sheaths. Lower leaf petioles 20–40 cm; blade triangular-ovate, 30–35 × 20–25 cm, ternate-3-pinnate; ultimate segments ovate or oblong-ovate, 2–4 × 1–1.5 cm, puberulent on the veins, abaxially olivaceous, purplish. Upper leaves much reduced. Umbels 5–10 cm across, terminal and lateral; peduncle 20–40 cm, base of umbels densely pubescent; bracts 5–8, linear, 5–20 mm; rays 30–50, extremely unequal, 3–12 cm; bracteoles numerous, linear, 4–6 mm, shorter than umbellules. Calyx teeth obsolete. Petals white, ovate. Fruit oblong-ovoid, ca. 4 × 2.5 mm; dorsal and intermediate ribs filiform, lateral ribs narrowly winged; vittae 3–4 in each furrow, 8–10 on commissure. Seed face plane. Fl. and fr. Jul–Sep.
Montane scrub; ca. 1200 m. N Xinjiang [Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia (Siberia), Tajikistan].