Fennel, Sweet fennel, Florence fennel, Finocchio • Hindi: मोटी सौंफ Moti saunf • Manipuri: হোপ Hop • Tamil: Sompu • Malayalam: Preumjirakam • Telugu: Peddajilakarra • Kannada: Dodda sompu • Bengali: মৌৰী Mauri • Sanskrit: Misreya, Madhurika;

 

The commonly used spice looks similar to Anethum sowa but has more robust plant, thicker stems with lighter green colour and whitish bloom, thicker leaves, larger lighter yellow flowers and larger lighter green 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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Foeniculum-left and Anethum-right

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Flowers of Saunf/Fennel plant
Family: Apiaceae
Foeniculum vulgare
बडीशेप



Taken at khadar (yamuna bank) at Delhi on 2.3.08


Very nice to see this tiny APIACEAE (UMBELLIFERAE) inflorescence.
I have no photos from this family.Never seen these.Liked very much.


Here is some more inf. from Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foeniculum_vulgare

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a plant species in the genus Foeniculum (treated as the sole species in the genus by most botanists). It is a hardy, perennial, umbelliferous herb, with yellow flowers and feathery leaves, grows wild in most parts of temperate Europe, but is generally considered indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean, whence it spreads eastwards to India. It has followed civilization, especially where Romans have colonized, and may be found growing wild in many parts of the world upon dry soils near the sea-coast and upon river-banks.[1] It is a member of the family Apiaceae. It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses, and is one of the primary ingredients of absinthe. Fennel is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Mouse Moth and the Anise Swallowtail.
Fennel is a perennial herb, meaning that it grows year-round. It is erect, glaucous green, and grows to heights of up to 2.5 m, with hollow stems. The leaves grow up to 40 cm long; they are finely dissected, with the ultimate segments filiform, about 0.5 mm wide. Its leaves are similar to those of dill, but thinner. The flowers are produced in terminal compound umbels 5–15 cm wide, each umbel section having 20–50 tiny yellow flowers on short pedicels. The fruit is a dry seed from 4–10 mm long, half as wide or less, and grooved.

The bulb, foliage, and seeds of the fennel plant are widely used in many of the culinary traditions of the world. Fennel pollen is the most potent form of fennel, but also the most expensive. Dried fennel seed is an aromatic, anise-flavoured spice, brown or green in colour when fresh, slowly turning a dull grey as the seed ages. For cooking, green seeds are optimal.[3] The leaves are delicately flavored and similar in shape to those of dill. The bulb is a crisp, hardy root vegetable and may be sauteed, stewed, braised, grilled, or eaten raw.


 


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Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Week : Foeniculum vulgare Mill. UD 8 4 2011 003: I used to grow Fennel every year, still do, with some other herbs… but the surviving pictures  are from my digital foto files.. that can be readily reduced in size and sent… Hence sending pictures from the demonstration herbal  garden at NYBG, summer
of 2008….

Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Genus:                 Foeniculum

Binomial name   Foeniculum vulgare   Mill.



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Hooghly Today : Foeniculum vulgare Mill.: I was pretty sure that this was MOURI in Bengali, then i hesitated, because of the discussion at – https://groups.google.com/d/topic/indiantreepix/LaFTgFFJEuc/discussion.

After a lot of thinking it appears to me that this is indeed MOURI or Foeniculum vulgare Mill. for its robust 5.5 ft. height, and few flowers in an umbel.


Yes … Very good photographs.


Thank you very much for confirming, this is growing beside a tea-cum-sweet shop, certainly an escape.


 

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[26022012] AP1- Plant for id from Ambala Cantt Haryana :  Attachments (6).  5 posts by 4 authors.

Photograph taken on 18 Feb 2012
Cultivated plant
Habitat-Garden
Height-about 1.5 Feet
Quite fragrant

Is this Fennel? Foeniculum vulgare


It looks like fennel to me too.



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Herb?/ABDEC12 : 10 posts by 4 authors.

I found this growing near an open drain. I plucked the flower for a detail shot. What is this plant? Please advise.
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1750m

04 December 2014.


last of the dill before seeds set in
Anethum graveolens

i guess growing wild or escapee
end of season and petals have curled in is my supposition

as in this wiki pic:  where petals are just unfurling /rather than curling in
but resulting shape is same..

if its not dill someone will tell us


is it pimpinella sp.?


Please check Foeniculum vulgare?


Thank you … It does look like dill.

A very similar looking flower is of wild fennel;

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Foeniculum#mediaviewer/File:Fennel_flower_heads.jpg

Please advise.

after shooting off my previous message to you, I went out and plucked some young buds on the plant and crushed them to smell. It most definitely smells like fennel. Why did I not think of doing this before?!!

FennelFoeniculum vulgare


yes
that’s the spirit
the nose knows
best thing to do
i should have included that in my differential diagnosis… but had dill on my mind…
had just cooked some
yummy
by the way do dig out the roots and the small (the big edible bulbous stem is a different cultivar) thickish stem above it..
these also make nice soup addition as does parsley roots


just let some go to fruit and self seed


Thank you …. This plant is growing on a drain verge in town and am not sure will stay till it seeds. But I will keep checking.


don’t eat it then



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Foeniculum vulgare : Apiaceae : For Validation : MNP,Mumbai : 07MAR15 : AK-2 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Seen at MNP on 27/4/14.

Kindly validate.


Yes Foeniculum vulgare.



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Foeniculum vulgare Mill., Gard. Dict. ed. 8 1 1768.

Common name: Fennel, Saunf
The commonly used spice looks similar to Anethum sowa but has more robust plant, thicker stems with lighter green colour and whitish bloom, thicker leaves, larger lighter yellow flowers and larger lighter green fruits.
Photographed from Botanical Garden of Khalsa College, Delhi.

Please also see comparison photographs under Anethum sowa.



 

Fruits & Vegetables Week: Foeniculum vulgare from Delhi: Foeniculum vulgare from Delhi, Fennel or saunf plant

It may be confused with Anethum sowa but has larger lighter coloured flowers, few in an umbel, stems thicker, lighter in colour often somewhat glaucous, fruits larger and broader, lighter in colour. I am uploading it along with comparison photographs.


– I wish some one corrects me. 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, and ripe fruits are almost black in colour as compared to almost green in fennel.


– we eat here (germany) Fenchel which is Foeniculum vulgare    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fennel
It is very common to eat the bulbs  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Fenouil.jpg
The leaves (Dill) are used mainly with Cucurbita (tambda Bhopla in Marathi). Unfortunately i did not make a foto of  Cucurbita  from my garden this year. Now it is in the deep freeze. I shall go in the market today or tomorrow to get the fotos of Fenchel. We eat it raw, in salad etc. Very tasty and opne of my favorites.



 

Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Week: Foeniculum vulgare from Delhi: Foeniculum vulgare Mill., Gard. Dict. ed. 8 1 1768.

Common name: Fennel, Saunf
The commonly used spice looks similar to Anethum sowa but has more robust plant, thicker stems with lighter green colour and whitish bloom, thicker leaves, larger lighter yellow flowers and larger lighter green fruits.
Photographed from Botanical Garden of Khalsa College, Delhi. Please also see comparison photographs under Anethum sowa.



 

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Apiaceae Fortnight :: Anethum sowa :: MNP :: ARKJUN-02 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Attached are pictures of Anethum sowa captured at MNP in April 2014.

Kindly validate.


I think Foeniculum vulgare.


Thank you … for the correct ID…



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Foeniculum vulagre from cultivation..I am not aware of the guest..


Excellent display



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Apiaceae Fortnight (june15sk01/16) Foeniculum vulgare Mill. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)



request for identification : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
id of the green plant in the front with thread like leaves

Looks like Foeniculum vulgare



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request for identification 8 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

id of the green plant in the front with thread like leaves


Looks like Foeniculum vulgare


Foeniculum vulgare
Fennel/ Saunf


 

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SK1768 29Jan 2019 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- 1, 1 & 4 mb.
Location : Nakhu, Lalitpur, Nepal
Date :  6 January 2019
Elevation : 1400 m.
Habit : Cultivated.
Foeniculum vulgare Mill. ??

Attachments (3)- 1, 1 & 4 mb.


Sir i think its correctly identified as Foeniculum vulgare

 


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Apium ?SN131020a : 5 posts by 3 authors.

Herb near the warehouse.


Seems Cyclospermum leptophyllum (= Apium leptophyllum)


Foeniculum vulgare Mill. ??


Thanks, …,

Yes, looks closer to Foeniculum vulgare compared to Anethum sowa (closely confusing species).


 



Anethum graveolensfrom Panipat..


Foeniculum vulgare as per images and details herein.


 


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