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Ligusticum Linn., Sp. Pl. 250. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5- 119. 1754; C.B. Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 2: 698. 1879; Hiroe, Umb. Asia 1: 100 1958.

Plants perennial. Stem base usually fibrous. Leaves radical and cauline, 1-3-pinnate, glabrous or pubescent. Umbels lateral and terminal. Involucre of a few bracts or lacking. Involucel of 5-8 linear bractlets. Calyx teeth minute to obsolete. Fruit elliptic to oblong, ovoid or almost orbicular; subterete to dorsally compressed; ridges prominent to winged; furrows 2-4-vittate; commissure 6-8-vittate. Inner seed face plane to slightly concave.

A genus of over 60 north temperate species and well represented in the Himalayas from 2-3000 m. It is very near Selinum but differs in the absence of prominent calyx teeth, more prominent dorsal and intermediate ridges and in having more than one vitta in the fruit furrows.

1 Leaves 3-pinnate; segments narrowly linear   Ligusticum stewartii
+ Leaves 1-2-pinnate; segments lanceolate to oval   (2)
2 (1) Fruit subterete, ellipsoid; fruit ridges narrowly winged; dorsal and intermediate ridges almost as broad as the lateral. Lower leaves pinnate   Ligusticum thomsonii
+ Fruit dorsally compressed; dorsal and intermediate ridges narrowly winged, lateral broadly winged. Lower leaves Pinnate or bipinnate   (3)
3 (2) Lower leaves pinnate; pinnae 2-3 cm long. Mericarps almost orbicular   Ligusticum marginatum
+ Lower leaves bipinnate. Mericarps oblong   Ligusticum elatum

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