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Oenanthe - (L.)Poir.

Common Name Water Dropwort, Fineleaf waterdropwort
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[4, 9, 65, 76]. It is said to contain the alleged 'psychotroph' myristicine[218].
Habitats In slow moving or stagnant water[17], and by the sides of streams, avoiding acid conditions[4].
Range Europe, including Britain, though absent from the far north, to W. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Wet Soil Water Plants Full sun
Oenanthe Water Dropwort, Fineleaf waterdropwort


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Oenanthe Water Dropwort, Fineleaf waterdropwort
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Oenanthe is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is in flower from June to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers wet soil and can grow in water.

Synonyms

O. phellandrium. Phellandrium aquaticum.

Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

Composition
Figures in grams (g) or miligrams (mg) per 100g of food.
Leaves (Dry weight)
  • 298 Calories per 100g
  • Water : 0%
  • Protein: 19.9g; Fat: 3.2g; Carbohydrate: 62.8g; Fibre: 12.8g; Ash: 14.9g;
  • Minerals - Calcium: 1202mg; Phosphorus: 585mg; Iron: 32mg; Magnesium: 0mg; Sodium: 192mg; Potassium: 4713mg; Zinc: 0mg;
  • Vitamins - A: 24mg; Thiamine (B1): 0.64mg; Riboflavin (B2): 2.34mg; Niacin: 10.6mg; B6: 0mg; C: 149mg;
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  • Notes:

Medicinal Uses

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The fruit is antiperiodic, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and pectoral. It is used in the treatment of chronic pectoral affections, dyspepsia, intermittent fevers, obstinate ulcers etc[4, 9, 21]. This plant should be used with great caution, and only under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. In overdose the fruits cause vertigo, intoxication and other narcotic effects. The roots have been used externally in the treatment of piles[4]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the fruits. It is used in the treatment of bronchitis, coughs etc[9].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Requires shallow water or a very wet fertile soil[200]. Individual plants are biennial, dying after flowering. The plant perrenates, however, by means of offsets[17].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or late summer in situ.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Oenanthe aquaticaWater Dropwort, Fineleaf waterdropwort02
Oenanthe javanicaWater Dropwort, Java waterdropwort, Stolon waterdropwort32
Oenanthe peucidanifolia 10
Oenanthe pimpinelloidesMeadow Parsley, Corkyfruit waterdropwort10
Oenanthe sarmentosaWater Dropwort,Water parsely31

 

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Botanical References

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