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a genus of plants of the family Umbelliferae. They are large biennial or perennial herbs with large pinnate, sometimes simple, leaves. The flowers are in compound umbels, with white or yellow green petals. The fruits are slightly compressed from the back and range from ovate to almost round. There are more than 70 species, mainly in the temperate regions of the eastern hemisphere: there is only one species in North America.

In the USSR there are approximately 40 species, and the majority of them are found in the Caucasus, mainly in the subalpine mountain belt. In the European part of the USSR, in Kazakhstan, and in western Siberia, the Siberian cow-parsnip (Heracleum sibiricum) is widely distributed. The leaves, stems, and young shoots of many species of Heracleum are edible raw, salted, or marinated; they are used as seasoning for soups. The leaves and fruits of Heracleum are rich in volatile oils; touching the plant of some species can result in skin irritation or burn. The species H. pubescens and H. mantegazzianum, among others, are decorative. The most important species is H. sosnowskyi, a cultivated high-yield fodder (mainly silo) plant. The young plants of hogweed (H. sphondylium) are useful as cattle fodder.


Mandenova, I. P. Kavkazskie vidy roda Heracleum. Tbilisi, 1950.


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Reactions of Heracleum lanatum to floral herbivory by Depressaria pastinacella.
Similar results were shown with increased potassium, calcium and magnesium with Lepidium latifolium (perennial pepperweed) (Blank and Young, 2002), increased potassium and magnesium with FaUopia japonica (Japanese knotweed), increased potassium with Heracleum mantegazzianum (giant hogweed) and increased calcium with Prunus serotina (Vanderhoeven et al.
246] Anthriscus sylvestris [31] Carum carvi [31] Conopodium majus (Gouan) Loret [242] Heracleum sibiricum [31] Laserpitium latifolium [31] Pastinaca sativa [31] Pseudocymopterus montanus [217] Pittosporaceae Pittosporum tobira Ait.
Sin embargo, Merino (1905) ya senalaba la presencia de Heracleum granatense Boiss.
Species found only at Botany Glen and not at other documented studies from the region include Ophioglossum vulgatum, Heracleum lanatum, Triosteum perfoliatum, Trillium grandiflorum, Stylophorum diphyllum, Chelone oblique, and Viola palmata
The yohimbine rich bark of Corynanthe yohimbe, has been employed for centuries as an aphrodisiac (Johanson and Diamond, 1968) whilst Chelidonium majus, Heracleum sphondylium and Satureja montana have been formulated into topical preparations by the European community for vaginal douches to increase sexual desire in women (Messegne, 1973).
The mapping and subsequent clearing of the IAS plant species, Rosa rugosa and Heracleum mantegazzianum from an area of about 200ha;
vulgaris, Dipsacus fullonum, Epilobium hirsutum, Heracleum sphondylium s.
The ones which pose the biggest potential hazards include monkshood (Aconitum), laburnum (except Laburnum x wateri 'Vossii' which rarely sets seed) and Heracleum mantegazzianum (giant hogweed, admittedly not a garden plant, but it may crop up as a weed).
Surrounding wildflower populations in bloom included Aquilegia caerulea and Delphinium barbeyi (Ranunculaceae), Helianthella quinquenervis (Asteraceae), Heracleum sphondylium (Apiaceae), Lathyrus leucanthus and Lupinus argenteus (Fabaceae) and Erythronium grandiflorum (Liliaceae).
Anthriscus sylvestris, Heracleum sphondylium, and Vicia cracca all established evenly across the experimental matrix and did not show pronounced responses to the fertility and disturbance gradients.
Despite the existence of the black alder in these facies of the ash woodlands, they differ from the latter by the presence of many plants that are absent or are very rare in them, such as Ajuga reptans, Cardamine impatiens, Castanea sativa, Erica arborea, Heracleum sphondylium, Holcus mollis, Hyacinthoides nonscripta, Ilex aquifolium, Mercurialis perennis, Oxalis acetosella, Polypodium vulgare, Primula acaulis, Quercus robur, Ranunculus tuberosus, Ruscus aculeatus, Sorbus aucuparia, Ulmus glabra, Vaccinium myrtillus, Valeriana montana and Woodwardia radicans, but are very common in the ash tree woodlands as a whole (Table 7).