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 (www.florealpes.com) is the owner of the pictures of plants of this species presented in the gallery (www.florealpes.com).