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Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris)


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This plant is stout and almost hairless. The flowerhead at the end of the stalk has many white flowers often tinged with pink that curl in at the edges, there are no sepals. The leaves are much divided and form large swollen sheaths where they join the stem. The whole plant can have a purplish tinge. The flattened oval fruit has thin wings that help it disperse in the wind. It is common in wet woods and fens. The plant was thought to help digestion and stomach complaints and got its name from angelic, it is still used in the decoration of cakes. It flowers July to August. Picture taken August 25th 2006 at Bromham, Bedfordshire.

28th Aug 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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