Trachyspermum ammi (L.) Sprague , Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1929: 228 1929. (Syn: Ammi copticum L.; Ammi glaucifolium Blanco; Ammios muricata Moench; Apium ammi (L.) Urb. [Illegitimate]; Athamanta ajowan Wall.; Bunium copticum (L.) Spreng.; Carum ajowan Benth. & Hook.f.; Carum aromaticum Druce; Carum copticum (L.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex C.B.Clarke; Carum copticum (L.) Benth. & Hook. f.; Carum korolkowii Lipsky [Illegitimate]; Carum panatjan Baill.; Cyclospermum ammi (L.) Lag.; Daucus anisodorus Blanco; Daucus copticus (L.) Lam.; Daucus copticus (L.) Pers.; Helosciadium ammi (L.) Oken; Helosciadium ammi (L.) Britton; Ptychotis coptica (L.) DC.; Sison ammi L.; Trachyspermum copticum (L.) Link);
Nepal, Morocco (I), Ethiopia (I), Kazakhstan (I), Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Java (I), Bhutan (I), Sikkim (I), Seychelles (I), Turkey (S-Anatolia, SE-Anatolia:Mesopotamian Anatolia), Iran (NE-Iran: Mts., Iranian Aserbaijan, W-Iran), Iraq(NW-Iraq), Israel (N-Israel), Saudi Arabia (NE-Saudi Arabia, Asir), Afghanistan(Bamyan, Ghazni, Helmand, Kabul, Wardak, Nangarhar, Takhar), Pakistan (Kurram, N.W.Frontier Prov., Pakistani Punjab), Pakistani Kashmir (Hindukush), Jammu & Kashmir (Kashmir), India (c), Andamans (I), Nicobars (I), Myanmar [Burma](I), Bangladesh (I), Philippines (I), USA (I) (Michigan (I)) as per Catalogue of Life;
Annual herb with leaves with linear segments; Rays 8-16, involcre bracts pinnate; involucel linear or pinnate; fruit 2 mm long, ovoid, ridges not prominent.



Seeds of this spice often run wild..

Trachyspermum ammiAjwain

Trachyspermum ammi (L.) Sprague in Kew Bull. 228. 1929. syn: Trachyspermum copticum (L.) Link; Carum copticum (L.) C.B. Clarke
Common names: Ajwain, Ajowan, Bishop’s weed
Annual herb with leaves with linear segments; Rays 8-16, involcre bracts pinnate; involucel linear or pinnate; fruit 2 mm long, ovoid, ridges not prominent.
Photographed from Delhi.

AAAH, love this… along with fennel, Sowa a little sugar and alcohol for preservation this ajwain… is in Gripe water…Generic kind… raise your hand if you have not tasted gripe water..I am counting….


Trachyspermum copticum from Delhi – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Sending Trachyspermum copticum from Delhi,

commonly cultivated as spice plant ‘Ajwain’ but frequently self sown around habitations.

Correct name now is Trachyspermum ammi (L.) Sprague in Kew Bull. 228. 1929

Trachyspermum ammi (L.) Sprague ex Turrill SN131020 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2) – around 900 kb each.
Trachyspermum ammi (L.) Sprague ex Turrill – Ajwain flowering twig. Mostly cultivated, sometimes seeds spill and germinate near warehouses.

Locally Known as Jwano in Nepal.


Growing in my kitchen garden, Delhi.
Is it Saunf? Thanks in advance for ID please.

My last of the day, though there two more ID requests from my kitchen garden, will post tomorrow.

A picture of the leaves would help. However, to me it appears to be flowers of onion.

Thank you …, will post leave image also. Onion flower should be quite common, pity that I am not familiar.


Attaching two images of the plant. I had not planted onion in my kitchen garden. There are 4 plants growing on their own. I do not think these are onion.

Have a look and please help ID this wild beauty.

 I think it is Foeniculum vulgare (sonf), Photo shows some linear leaves like sonf.

I  think neither Onion nor Saunf ! But sure for Apiaceae sp.

Please post separately for different sp. in future.

All 4 images are from the same species.

Thank you …! Not Onion or Sauf, is it ?

I think it is pimpinella anisum

Thanks, …, I think more closer to Trachyspermum ammi (L.) Sprague (Ajwain), being in the kitchen garden and as per images and details herein and as per comparative images at Apiaceae

Another closer species may be Ammi majus L. , but I am doubtful about it.

I guess correct ID …


SK349JAN28-2017:ID : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (13)

Location: Bojepokhari, Lalitpur, Nepal
Altitude: 4200 ft.
Date: 28 January 2017

PlCheck comparative images at EFI under Apiaceae

Pl. check with Vicatia coniifolia Wall. ex DC. or similar species Carum carvi L. or similar species as per comparative images in EFI under Apiaceae

I think more closer to images at Vicatia coniifolia Wall. ex DC. as per comparative images in EFI under Apiaceae

Looks like not matching with any of the Vicatia listed in Nepal as below:


I think it is Trachyspermum amni (Ajwain)

Yes, appears so as per images at Trachyspermum ammi


Trachyspermum ammi (L.) Sprague: 8 very high res. images.
Location: Central Nepal
Altitude: 1400 m.
Date : 11 Mayl 2021
Habitat : Cultivated


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