Bishop's wort

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 02.12.2023

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Ammi visnaga; Bishop's wort; Toothpick-Ammi; Toothpick cartilage carrot

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Bishop's weed(Ammi visnaga L.), also known as toothpick carrot or toothpick ammi, is a plant species from the umbellifer family (Apiaceae). It is native to Eurasia and North Africa and is used as a medicinal plant.

Bishop's weed is an annual to biennial herbaceous plant that grows to a height of up to one meter. The plant produces numerous whitish flowers which are grouped together in larger umbel-shaped inflorescences. Its medicinally used fruits are 2 to 2.5 millimeters long.

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Ammi visnaga is the parent plant of the khellin-containing Ammeos visnagae fructus.

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