Anethum sowa Roxb. ex Fleming, Asiat. Res. 11: 156 1810. (Anethum graveolens subsp. sowa (Roxb. ex Fleming) N.F.Koren’);

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Sowa, Soya, Dill, Garden dill, Anet, Sata pushpa;
 
This popular culinary herb in India often used as vegetable in vegetative form, and dried seeds source of apiol used in medicine.
 
Saunf is Foeniculum vulgare, a plant may be confused but different from Anethum sowa.
It has fewer flowers, larger in size, lighter in colour, stems thicker, sheaths larger and fruits larger and broader, lighter in colour.
 
The plant is often confused with Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), but is quite distinct in its sharper fragrans, darker colour of leaves, slender stems and leaves, smaller darker yellow flowers and smaller darker fruits.
The sowa plant we grow in Delhi and known as Anethum sowa depicted above and also in separate post does not have typical wings of Dill (Anethum graveolens). This has always been confusing me. The sowa leaves have more sharper taste as compared to pleasing softer taste of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and ripe fruits are almost black in colour as compared to almost green in fennel.   
 
 



  

 

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Fruits & Vegetables: Anethum sowa from Delhi: Anethum sowa Roxb. ex Fleming,  Asiat. Res. 11: 156 1810 (syn: Anethum graveolens subsp. sowa (Roxb. ex Fleming) N.F.Koren’)  
Sowa plant, commonly grown in Delhi as vegetable, the leaves cooked along with saag, spinach or itself, also used for garnishing.  


– Anethum sowa is called Indian Dill and I think Shepu in Marathi


Saunf is Foeniculum vulgare, a plant may be confused but different from Anethum sowa.
It has fewer flowers, larger in size, lighter in colour, stems thicker, sheaths larger and fruits larger and broader, lighter in colour. I am uploading it separately.

 

 

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Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Week: Anethum sowa from Delhi: Anethum sowa Roxb. ex Fleming, Asiat. Res. 11: 156 1810. syn: Anethum graveolens subsp. sowa (Roxb. ex Fleming) N. F. Koren
Common names: Indian dill
Vernacular names: Shatapushpa, satahva, madhura
This popular culinary herb in India often used as vegetable in vegetative form, and dried seeds source of apiol used in medicine.  
Has always confused me when I compare it with dill which has distinct large wings in fruit, a feature totally lacking in our sowa plant. Can any member throw light on this.
Photographed from Botanical Garden of Khalsa College in Delhi.

Here are exclusive photographs of Anethum sowa. The plant is often confused with Fennel, but is quite distinct in its sharper fragrans, darker colour of leaves, slender stems and leaves, smaller darker yellow flowers and smaller darker fruits. In the above set I had photographed two side by side. Here it is exclusive one.


  

 

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Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Week : Request for ID : 020811 : AK-1: Taken at Mapro Garden, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra on 18/4/09.
Saunf or Sowa?


Greener stem, number of flowers (sowa has more number of flowers in compound umbel), flower size and colour suggests Anethum sowa;


May be Anethum graveolens


Indian plant is Anethum sowa 

 


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[17022012] AP1- Plant for id from Ambala Cantt Haryana: (12 pictures) Photograph taken on 16 Feb 2012
Cultivated plant
Habitat-Garden
Height-about 3 Feet
Highly fragrant

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I Think Anethum Sowa


Yes …


 

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Requesting to please ID this plant with yellow flowers captured growing wild in Ooty in November 2013.


I hope Anethum sowa 


Thank you … for ID…


 

 

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BND 89 24/11/14 : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (1)
Can you please ID this leafy/salad vegetable or culinary herb.
It does not produce flowers. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Dec 2011. 

Looks like Fennel- Foeniculum vulgare + Meethi Sonf.


It is Dil.


dill

sowabhaji in hindi and Bengali


Indian Dill Anethum sowa not European Dill Anethum graveolens which has large winged fruits. 


I have been looking for pictures of these two types of seeds …
have not found a credible pic
seems all/everybody copies everybody, esp. in trade and some even those that seem to claim scientific merit
my question really is.. is there an authentic source where one can view the real differences in the wings of the fruits?


Foeniculum-left and Anethum-right

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Apiaceae Fortnight: Fennel and Dill (Saunf and Soe)-GSJUNE05/06 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)

Fennel or Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare) and Dill or Soe (Anethum graveolens) can be easily confused in the field especially in vegetative condition and flowering. I am enclosing the photographs of the two held together, Anethum on the right and Foeniculum on the left. Please note plants of Anethum are more slender in stems and leaves, both have darker green tinge, flowers are smaller and golden yellow in colour. The plants of Foeniculum are more robust in both stems and leaves, both have whitish green tinge, flowers are larger and have pale yellow colour. In addition plants of Anethum have sharper flavour and taste, whereas Fennel has less sharper flavour and taste. Of course fruits are different.


 

 

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Apiaceae Fortnight: Anethum sowa from Delhi-GSJUNE03/04 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Anethum sowa Roxb. ex Fleming, Asiat. Res. 11: 156 1810.

syn: Anethum graveolens subsp. sowa (Roxb. ex Fleming) N. F. Koren
Common names: Indian dill
Vernacular names: Shatapushpa, satahva, madhura
This popular culinary herb in India often used as vegetable in vegetative form, and dried seeds source of apiol used in medicine. has always confused me when I compare it with dill which has distinct large wings in fruit, a feature totally lacking in our sowa plant. Can any member throw light on this.
Photographed from Botanical Garden of Khalsa College in Delhi


The Plant List recognize A.sowa Roxb. ex Fleming and A.graveolens L. as two distinct species.
A.graveolens (Dill?) is an
Algerian species with type from there
A. sowa seems a species from India/Nepal with a type from Nepal/India
Two different species; thus may be the difference in fruit.


 

 

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Apiaceae Fortnight :: Anethum sowa :: Ooty :: ARKJUN-013 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Anethum sowa captured at Ooty in November 2013.
Was posted on the forum earlier and identified.


Yes …


 
 
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