Ammi majus

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Ammi majus
Ammi majus Sturm8.jpg
Ammi majus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Ammi
Species: A. majus
Binomial name
Ammi majus

Ammi majus, commonly known as bishop's flower,[1] bishop’s weed,[2] false bishop’s weed,[2] bullwort,[2] greater ammi,[2] lady’s lace,[2] False Queen Anne's lace[3] or laceflower, originates in the Nile River Valley and has white lace-like flower clusters. Ammi majus fruits can be distinguished by the presence of four prominent secondary ridges and by the absence of lacunae outside the vascular bundles, as seen in the transverse section of fruit.[citation needed] It contains large amounts of furanocoumarin, xanthotoxin, and bergapten.[citation needed] The furanocoumarin in the plant can cause phytophotodermatitis and hyperpigmentation.[citation needed] Ammi majus is used in the treatment of vitiligo and psoriasis.[4]

Medicinal uses[edit]

Ammi majus. Inflorescence

In ancient Egypt, this plant was used to treat skin diseases.[citation needed] Ammi majus is being studied for potential cancer and AIDS treatments.[citation needed]