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Angelica

Angelica, Angelica archangelica
Botanical Name: Angelica archangelica Kingdom : Plantae
Subkingdom : Tracheobionta
Superdivision : Spermatophyta
Division : Magnoliophyta
Class : Magnoliopsida
Subclass : Liliidae
Order : Apiales
Family : Apiaceae
Genus : Angelica
Species : A. archangelica

Angelica is also known as Garden Angelica, Holy Ghost, Wild Parsnip, Wild Celery, and Norwegian angelica. Archangelica comes from the Greek word "arkhangelos" (=arch-angel), due to the myth that it was the angel Gabriel who told of its use as medicine.

Plant Description
Angelica is a biennial plant from the umbelliferous family Apiaceae. During its first year it only grows leaves, but during its second year its fluted stem can reach a height of two metres high and hollow. Its leaves are composed of numerous small leaflets, the edges of the leaflets are finely toothed or serrated. The flowers, are small and numerous, yellowish or greenish in colour, are grouped into large, globular umbels, which bear pale yellow, oblong fruits. Angelica only grows in damp soil, preferably near rivers or deposits of water. They blossom in July and are succeeded by pale yellow, oblong fruits, 1/6 to a 1/4 inch in length when ripe, with membranous edges, flattened on one side and convex on the other, which bears three prominent ribs. Both the odour and taste of the fruits are pleasantly aromatic.

Other Name Finnish : väinönputki
Sami : fádnu, boska and rássi
German : arznei-engelwurz
Dutch : grote engelwortel
Swedish : kvanne
Norwegian : kvann
Icelandic : hvönn




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