Scandix pecten-veneris (shepherd’s-needle, Venus’ comb, Venus’s needle) is a plant species in the parsley family. It is native to Eurasia and it is known widely elsewhere as an introduced species and sometimes a weed. It is named for its long fruit, which has a thickened body up to 1.5 centimeters long and a beak which can measure up to 7 centimeters long and is lined with comblike bristles.
(from Wikipedia on 19.6.15)

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Apiaceae Fortnight: Scandix pecten-veneris from Kashmir-GSJUNE29/38 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)

Scandix pecten-veneris Linn., Sp. Pl. 256. 1753. 
Common annual weed with spreading habit; leaves multipinnatisect with linear segments; flowers white often tinged pink in lateral and terminal umbels; involucre bract single or absent; rays up to 3 with lanceolate to ovate involucel bracts; fruit with long beak, margin bristly.

Hazuribagh, Srinagar, Kashmir May, 2012 



Identification requested ATMAR2016/06 : 11 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
Kindly help with identification of this herbaceous plant.
Place: Hamirpur (H.P.)
Date: Jan. 29, 2015

wild carrot? the flowers are not symmetrically petaled… weird at first glance. did you get to see the roots and a close up of the stem and streaks of colors and was the main stem hollow?

i also think it is Queen Ann’s Lace, it is also known as Lady’s Lace.

I have not seen its roots. Is wild carrot a small  herb nearly 15cm high?

could be esp. if grazed, it grows back  while in that stage it could be short. But chances are this is not Queen Anne’s lace. Good chances it is not. I was intrigued by the irregularly asymmetric flowers and not completely an umbel. i am getting at something else but unless i have more data from you i would rather not speak about it. where is this growing? can you get to it again? i need pictures of the stem especially near the base and just above… color, any streaks, any hairs etc.  only thing i can tell you is be careful.

Thank you very much, …
It was growing near to my native place in Hamirpur (H.P.).
It occurs quite commonly there and always remain low in height as I have noticed over the years.
Presently, I am staying at Shimla and Solan, it will not be possible for me to go again to that site again this year. I’ll try to ask someone to do it for me.

I think its perhaps one of the  lesser known parsley or some such. the distinguishing feature it seems has to be that one petal that sticks out and lasts longer on the flower when the other petals have fallen off.Most  cultivated and wild parsley that i am even remotely familiar with has  a bifurcated longish petal or two … this is a bit beyond what i remember from the summer foraging classes … may be its one of those on the silk route or the caravan routes … migrated and naturalized in India.???? Or may be the answer is very simple right under my nose and i cant seem to remember it. Perhaps … will know or Nidhan or Balkar would know? i have added them in this reply. lets see

Scandix pecten-veneris

Agree with Scandix pecten-veneris

Thanks, …, I also agree with you.


Scandex pecten veneris: 1 high res. image.
Location: Rajouri jandk
Habit: Herb
Uses: used as vegetable


Scandex pecten veneris: 2 high res. images.
Location: Rajouri j and k
Habit: Herb
Date:  20 April 2021

Yes it is…. Best click….

Yes a very common weed



References: POWO  The Plant List Ver.1.1 IPNI  GRIN  India Biodiversity Portal  Wikipedia  Arkive  Flora of Pakistan  FOP illustration

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