Onychium cryptogrammoides Christ, Notul. Syst. (Paris). 1: 52. 1909. (Syn: Onychium japonicum (Thunberg) Kunze var. intermedia C. B. Clarke; O. japonicum var. multisecta C. B. Clarke);
Pakistan to China and Indo-China: China North-Central, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Tibet, West Himalaya as per POWO;

Saw this Apiaceae member (I think) along the Govindghat – Ghangaria trail, Uttarakhand in Aug 2018.
Requested to please provide ID.

Pl. check comparative images at /species/a—l/a/apiaceae

carrot greens ?

Botanical name for this is given as Daucus carota subsp. sativus in Wikipedia 

yes carrot but is it cultivated or wild? since we donot know it. how do we call it sativus. wild carrot greens could also be the north american “weed” queen Anne’s lace and without the flower umbel and its solitary violet single flower in the center i cant go with queen anne’s lace either. that’s why i left it at carrot greens. or Daucu carota, not further specified is my diagnosis.

Can it be from some other family other than Apiaceae or some fern etc. ?

Its a pteridophyte. To me looks Onychium japonicum.

Noted. could be. laymens herbals often talk of fern like leaves for carrots and it relatives. so not srpising, that they look alike

Thanks … for the feedback. Actually, when taking these pics, for some reason, I too thought that it could be a fern. Is there any visual indication to distinguish ferns (apart from the spores)?

May be some fern as discussed.

This is the fern, Onychium cryptogrammoides.

Thanks … so much for the ID.


What Fern? : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
I love this delicate lace-like wild fern which is common here in the upper reaches of Dharamshala–1700m and above. It does not flower. Despite my online research I cannot positively identify this fern. I seek your expert help.

I can just narrow down your search to Onychium sp. ..
Hope that gets you closer..

Thank you … It seems like Onychium japonicum or Carrot Fern/Sichuan Lace. I wouldn’t have found it without your help.
I have spent hours in the past trolling the web to find its identity but being a novice didn’t know where to start.

It’s Onychium cryptogrammoides (misapplied name: O. contiguum) and is commoner slightly higher than the O. japonicum and O. lucidum aggregate. Wider fronds, more dissect and more crowded pinnae and the stipe green apart from a basal black part.


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