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Uses

Toxic parts

Skin contact with the sap is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[1].

Edible uses

Notes

Leaves - a salty taste, it is used as a flavouring in soups etc or as a garnish in a similar way to parsley[2]. The leaves can also be eaten raw but have a very strong flavour[2]. The stems can be blanched and used like celery[3], but they are small and fibrous so are not very worthwhile[2].

Root. No further details.

Seed - used as a flavouring in soups etc.

Leaves

Material uses

Used for pads to make canoes watertight.

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Apium prostratum.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Germination can be a bit slow, taking a month or more. 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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Cultivation

Prefers a rich moist soil with some shade in summer.

The crushed leaves smell strongly of celery[2].

This plant used to be known as A. australe, along with a New Zealand form and a S. American form. Most botanists now only apply that name to the S. American form, the New Zealand form has been moved to A. filiforme (syn A, prostratum filiforme) whilst this Australian form is now known as A. prostratum[4][2]. This plant has been suggested as having the potential to be bred as a cultivated vegetable[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Apium prostratum. 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 prostratum.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Apium prostratum
Genus
Apium
Family
Umbelliferae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
?
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
Shade
partial shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Salinity
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
?
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.42.52.6 Low. T. Wild Food Plants of Australia. Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-14383-8 (1989-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.1 Ewart. A. J. Flora of Victoria. ()
  4. ? Allan. H. H. Flora of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington. (1961-00-00)
  5. ? Carolin. R. & Tindale. M. Flora of the Sydney Region Reed. Australia. ISBN 0730104001 (1993-00-00)