-veneris, L., Sp. Pl. 256 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Shepherds needle.
Nearly glabrous annual, 15-50 cm high; stem erect, branched, striate, more or less pubescent with short scattered hairs, becoming hollow when old; leaves 2- or 3-pinnate, oblong or narrowly deltoid, with short linear lobes; involucre usually absent.
Rays of umbel 1-3; bracteoles of involucel c. 5, simple or irregularly divided, entire or dentate; pedicels elongating and becoming thickened in fruit; flowers c. 1 mm diam., subsessile; 3 outer petals larger than the 2 others.
Fruit linear-oblong, 15-80 mm long, the strongly dorsally, compressed beak obviously distinct from the seed-bearing part of the fruit; carpophore entire, persistent; mericarps slightly laterally compressed, distinctly 5-ribbed.
Ross-Craig (1958) Drawings Brit. Pl. 12:t. 34.
A weed in fields, on wasteland and roadsides.
Native to Europe, the Mediterranean region, and eastwards to the western Himalaya.
Flowering time: Sept. — Dec.
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