Contractions. - Petros. Pts. Petroselinum sativum. Nat. ord., Umbelliferae. Synonym. - Apium Petroselinum. Fig. - Engl. Bot., Supplem., t. 2793. Common Parsley. For. names: German, Gemeine Petersilie; French, Persil.

Habitat. - A native of the Eastern Mediterranean region, much cultivated, and in this manner naturalized in most places.

Flowering time. - Summer.

Paris employed. - The entire fresh plant.

Characters. - An erect glabrous biennial, 1 to 3 feet high, with thick root and stiff branches. Leaves triangular in outline, twice pinnate, the segments stalked, ovate, lobed, and toothed; upper leaves less divided, with narrow, often linear, entire segments. Umbels all stalked, not very large, but with 15 to 20 rays. General involucre 3, 4, or 5 short linear bracts, the partial ones of several smaller bracts. Flowers rather small, greenish-yellow. The entire plant has the well-known smell of parsley.

Time for collecting. - Just as flowering commences.

Preparation. - Tincture, corresponding in alcoholic strength with dilute spirit.

Reference to Horn. Proving. - Arch., xviii.

Proper forms for dispensing. - φ to 1, Tincture only. 3x and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.

Average loss of moisture, 82 per cent.