Tetrataenium rigens (Wall. ex DC.) Manden., Trudy Tbilissk Bot. Inst. 20: 17 1959. (syn: Heracleum candolleanum Gamble; Heracleum courtallense Gamble; Heracleum rigens Wall.; Heracleum rigens var. candolleanum (Wight & Arn.) C. B. Clarke; Heracleum rigens var. elongatum Gamble; Heracleum rigens var. multiradiatum Gamble; Heracleum sprengelianum Dalz & Gibs.; Pastinaca candolleana Wight & Arn.; Pastinaca ligusticifolia Wight & Arn.; Pastinaca rigens Wight);
India (SW-Ghats) as per Catalogue of Life;

Images by Joby Joseph (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos & complete details, click on the links)


Heracleum rigens from Vagamon Kerala:
Heracleum rigens Wall.
Description:-Rootstock stout, stem puberulous or pubescent.Leaves of three to five leaflets. Leaflets and their lobes rounded, margin serrate or dentate. Rays of umbel numerous (fifteen to thirty), 2 to 3 inches: pedicel 1/2 inch, sepals green with pink tips. Petals creamy yellow, anthers dark reddish purple. Mericarps when fresh half as thick as broad, 1/3 to 1/2 inch, broadly elliptic, brownish red or pink, drying flat: inside vittas four, slender extending half to three-fourth down, as regards width occupying the middle half of the fruit, i.e., in two very close pairs. (Ref: P.F. Fyson (1932). The Flora of the South Indian Hill Stations. Vol.I P-255-256). A tall, erect, greyish-pubescent herb reaching 3 ft. in height, with yellow flowers, the leaves both radical and cauline, remarkable for the distant, more or less orbicularcordate, slightly lobed leaflets. (Ref: J.S. Gamble, (1915). Flora of the Presidency of Madras. Vol:I. P-564.)


Images of Pimpinella wallichiana in Flora of Karnataka are of Heracleum rigens.
Request you to pl. correct.

Thank you for drawing our attention to the correction. We will attend to it forthwith.


Images of Pimpinella wallichiana in FOI are of Heracleum rigens.
Request … to pl. correct.

Thank you … Correction made:
Flowers of India



ANSEPT25 Apiaceae(?) member for ID : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).
Thadiyandamol, Coorg
August 2014

Pimpinella wallichiana (Miq) Gandhi (= P. monoica Dalz), fruits papillose is reported from Tidiandmul area in the Coorg flora

This id needs to be reconsidered for the following reasons:

The fruit is just too large. Pimpinella wallachiana fruits are 2-3mm.
The leaf is 3 lobed whereas in Pimpinella wallachiana it is triangular & trifoliate (lower leaves).
The images are dated August 2014 (no day is mentioned) even so P wallachiana flowers/fruits much later in November-January (at least in Maharashtra).
Am unable to give an alternate id currently.

Same images are available as Pimpinella wallichiana at FOI & Flora of Karanataka at

Appears close to images at Heracleum rigens Wall. ex DC. 

Advised both FOI and Flora of Karanataka for correction as images appear close to images at Heracleum rigens Wall. ex DC..

ANAUG15/15 Apiaceae for identification : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
Family: Apiaceae
Date: 2nd August August 2015
Place: Chikamagalur, Karnataka
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Grasslands

Tetrataenium rigens (Wall. ex DC.) Manden. ?? Syn : Heracleum rigens Wall. ex DC.
Heracleum rigens Wallich ex DC. 

Yes, appears close as per images at Tetrataenium rigens


Family: Apiaceae
Date: September 2014
Place: Bababudan Giri, Chikamagalur
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Grasslands

Tetrataenium rigens (Wall. ex DC.) Manden. ??
Syn : Heracleum rigens Wall. ex DC.
Heracleum rigens Wallich ex DC. 

For me yes … I have come across this plant in the same area (Bababudangiri) a few years back.

You may be right as per images at Tetrataenium rigens (Wall. ex DC.) Manden.
But I have to check it thoroughly.


352 ID wild plant Pimpinella: 14 high res. images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 28.07.2022, 03.50pm
Habitat: wild, moisture, rocky hill, wind, misty
Plant habit: erect, obliquely, branches, weak fleshy stem 07mm base diameter, hairy, highly aromatic, annual
Height: 02.5 feet
Leaves: opposite, hierarchically serrated margins, apex, aromatic, size:10×6cm
Flower: umbel racemose clustered, diameter:02mm, yellow, fragrant
Fruit: capsule green into brown, ovoid
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Tetrataenium rigens (Wall. ex DC.) Manden. ??

Yes, it is very close to Tetrataenium rigens, dear …, however I observed compressed fruits and pinnate leaves of T. rigens, thank you very much for ID my plant,


Apiaceae: Tetrataenium rigens (Wall. ex DC.) Manden.: 1 image.

synonyms: Heracleum rigens Wall., Heracleum rigens Wall. ex DC., Heracleum candolleanum Gamble
location/date: Nandi Hills, Bangalore, Karnataka, July 1997



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