Pimpinella candolleana Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 1: 369 369 1834.;
Pimpinella candolleana in Bettadapura, Piriyapattana Taluk, Mysore District: Sighted Pimpinella candolleana in Bettadapura, Piriyapattana Taluk, Mysore District. This is first record within Mysore, Mandya & Chamarajanagar excluding National park, wildlife sanctuariies (Nagarahole, Bandipura, BR hills, Kaveri wildlife sanctuaries) adjoining western and eastern ghats.
Nilgiris: Apiaceae plant for identification 180113MK02: Attachments (4). 9 posts by 5 authors.
Please help me to identify this herb. I have no detailed pictures on this.
Date: 20 Oct 2012
Place: Western Catchement, Nilgiris, TN
Alt.: 2300 m asl
Habitat: roadside; shady place
From the leaves it looks like this could be “Garlic mustard”, Alliaria petiolata. the crushed leaves give off a distinct garlic smell. This plant is a highly invasive weed in NE Usa; and one can also find reports of this invasive in E ghats, Himalayan foothills
I am very familiar with Alliaria petiolata as it grows all around my house. And photos I have seen here don’t look like it in any way.
the basal leaves are reminiscent of garlic mustard as it emerges for the first year, but the flowering stalk branching is not typical of garlic mustard, at least that’s how I remember …
The images of Garlic Mustard in net doesn’t match with my photos. Yes …, the leaves show variations (shape of lowermost leaf is different from the newer one). I took this picture in a hurry (fearing mist & drizzles spoil my lens) and if I visit the place next time, will take a detailed note of this.
This herb is Pimpinella candolleana, endemic to Western Ghats.