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Pimpinella Linn., Sp. PI. 263. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5. 128. 1754; Boiss., Fl. Or. 2: 864.1872; C.B. Clarke in Hook. f., Brit. Ind. 2: 684. 1879; Hiroe, Umb. Asia 1: 55. 1958; Tutin in Tutin et al, Fl. Fur. 2: 331. 1968.

Annual or perennial. Leaves simple or compound; entire or trilobed to 1-2-(3)-pinnate. Umbels compound, terminal and lateral. Bracts and bractlets present or lacking. Calyx teeth evident or obsolete. Petals white, sometimes yellow or rose coloured. Fruit laterally compressed, ovate, ovoid or oblong, narrowed at the apex, glabrous or pubescent; fruit ridges thin or obscure; furrows 2-4-vittate; commissure 2-4-vittate. Inner seed face plane or slightly concave.

A genus of about 150 African, European, Asian and few S. American species.

1 Plants annual   (2)
+ Plants perennial   (3)
2 (1) Bracts and bractlets lacking. Rays 5-12.   Pimpinella puberula
+ Bracts and bractlets present. Rays 3-5   Pimpinella ranunculifolia
3 (1) Plants pubescent   (4)
+ Plants glabrous   (5)
4 (3) Leaves large, up to 20 cm long with the petiole; leaflets lanceolate to oval or ovate. ovary and fruit glabrous to puberulous   Pimpinella diversifolia
+ Leaves small, up to 10 cm long with the petiole; segments linear to lanceolate. Ovary and fruit densely pubescent   Pimpinella stewartii
5 (3) Bracts 5-6. Rays and pedicels filiform   Pimpinella acuminata
+ Bracts 1-3. Rays and pedicels not filiform   Pimpinella hazariensis

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