Scandix pecten-veneris L.- Czechrzyca grzebieniowa

Scandix pecten-veneris L.- Czechrzyca grzebieniowa – shepherd’s-needle, Venus’ comb, Stork’s needle. Etymology: comb + Venus = Venice’s comb, formerly known as Venice hair, chervil, referring to the shape and setting of the fruit. A species of the celery family. Empty stem, even-folded leaves, small flowers. Prefers warm, sunny positions and poor soils. Occurs in fields and fallow, limestone, insect and self-pollinating. An annual plant, flowering from May to June. It contains alkaloids, currently used for the production of essential oils. Species particularly endangered with extinction. Franck Le Driant ( is the owner of the pictures of plants of this species presented in the gallery (