Skin contact with the sap is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people
Leaves - raw or cooked
. A salty taste, it is used as a flavouring in soups etc. Used like celery
. The leaves can also be eaten raw but have a very strong flavour.
Root. No further details.
Seed - used as a flavouring in soups etc.
Used for pads to make canoes watertight
There are no medicinal uses listed for Apium australe.
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Germination can take a month or longer. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.
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We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country.
Plants are likely to prefer a rich moist soil with some shade in the summer.
The crushed leaves smell strongly of celery.
The New Zealand form of this plant is now known as A. filiforme, (syn A. prostratum filiforme [q.v.]).
The Australian form of this plant has been moved to A. prostratum and only the S. American form is left under this name[K].
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Apium australe. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Apium australe.
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Material uses & Functions
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