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Cuminum Linn.


Description from Flora of China

Herbs, annual, glaucescent throughout, glabrous except the setulose fruit. Taproot slender. Stem erect, slender, profusely branched. Basal leaves petiolate, base with narrow membranous wing; blade 2-ternate; ultimate segments filiform. Leaves reduced upwards, becoming sessile. Umbels lax, terminal and lateral; bracts and bracteoles several, similar to leaves but more cartilaginous, apex subulate, persistent; rays and pedicels very unequal. Calyx teeth subulate, conspicuous, unequal, persistent in fruit. Petals white or pinkish, obovate or oblong, base cuneate, with a small inflexed lobule. Stylopodium conic, attenuate into styles; styles short, reflexed. Fruit oblong-ellipsoid, slightly laterally compressed; primary and secondary ribs prominent, setulose; vittae 1 in each furrow under secondary ribs, 2 on commissure. Seed face slightly concave. Carpophore 2-parted

Four species: N Africa, C and SW Asia, Mediterranean region, North America; one species (introduced) in China.

(Authors: Pu Fading (溥发鼎 Pu Fa-ting); Mark F. Watson)


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