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Apium australe - Thouars.

Common Name
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Skin contact with the sap is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[218].
Habitats Damp places in all more or less open coastal habitats, less commonly in wet places inland to elevations of 75 metres in Tierra Del Fuego and north latitude to 35°s[69].
Range Southern S. America.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade
Apium australe


Apium australe

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Apium australe is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

A. prostratum. Lab.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root  Seed
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[69]. A salty taste, it is used as a flavouring in soups etc. Used like celery[69]. The leaves can also be eaten raw but have a very strong flavour. Root[69]. No further details. Seed - used as a flavouring in soups etc.

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Waterproofing

Used for pads to make canoes watertight[69].

Cultivation details

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[193]. 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].

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Propagation

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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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Apium graveolens dulceCelery42
Apium graveolens rapaceumCeleriac42
Apium graveolens secalinumLeaf Celery42
Apium insulare 00
Apium prostratumSea Celery, Prostrate marshwort30
Sapium japonicum 10
Sapium sebiferumVegetable Tallow, Chinese tallow, Popcorn Tree, Chinese Tallow Tree22

 

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