|Inflorescence of Pimpinella major, lateral view|
|Pimpinella major(L.) Huds.
Pimpinella major reaches on average 30–100 centimetres (12–39 in) in height. The stem is hollow, deeply grooved, mostly glabrous and generally branched and leafy.
The leaves are dark green, slightly glossy, ovate or oblong, short-stalked, feathery, more or less deeply cut and usually pointed. Basal leaves have a petiole 20–60 centimetres (7.9–23.6 in) long.
The inflorescence has a diameter of 50–60 millimetres (2.0–2.4 in). The flowers, usually hermaphrodite, range from white to glowing rose or soft-pink and are gathered in umbels with from 11 to 16 stalks.
The flowering period extends from June to August in its native habitat. The fruits are ovoid, 2–3 millimetres (0.079–0.118 in) long.
- Pimpinella major (L.) Huds. var. rubra Hoppe. ex Mérat
Also known as Big Red Burnet. It is characterized by low growth and intense rose-colored petals. The stem is usually branched at the base, the branches are short and generally carry only one umbel.
- Pimpinella major (L.) Huds. var. rosea Lindeman
- Pimpinella major (L.) Huds. var. macrodonta (Pau) O. Bolòs & Vigo
- Pimpinella major (L.) Huds. var orientalis (Gouam) Fi. et Paol.
- Pimpinella major (L.) Huds. var. dissecta (Sprengel) Fi. et Paol.
- Pimpinella major (L.) Huds. var. bipinnata G. Beck
Pimpinella major is widespread in central Europe and in the Caucasus and it is naturalized in North America.
Pimpinella major grows in burned forests, clearings, herb-rich areas, meadows, waysides and wooded pastures. It prefers nutrient-rich substrate and chalk and limestone soils, at an altitude of 0–2,300 metres (0–7,546 ft) above sea level.
Pimpinella major roots have been used in the traditional Austrian medicine internally (directly or as tea, in milk, or liqueurs) for treatment of disorders of the respiratory tract, fever, infections, cold and flu.
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