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Apium prostratum - Labill.

Common Name Sea Celery, Prostrate marshwort
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 Coastal headlands and dunes, margins of brackish swamps and saline stretches of river banks[193].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade
Apium prostratum Sea Celery, Prostrate marshwort


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Apium prostratum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Flies, self.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.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - a salty taste, it is used as a flavouring in soups etc or as a garnish in a similar way to parsley[193]. The leaves can also be eaten raw but have a very strong flavour[193]. The stems can be blanched and used like celery[154], but they are small and fibrous so are not very worthwhile[193]. Root. No further details. Seed - used as a flavouring in soups etc.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Waterproofing.

Used for pads to make canoes watertight.

Cultivation details

Prefers a rich moist soil with some shade in summer. The crushed leaves smell strongly of celery[193]. 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[44, 193]. This plant has been suggested as having the potential to be bred as a cultivated vegetable[193].

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.

Other Names

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Found In

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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
Aethusa cynapiumFool's Parsley11
Apium annuum 00
Apium australe 30
Apium filiforme 30
Apium graveolensWild Celery. Ajmod, Ajwain-ka-patta (Indian)33
Apium graveolens dulceCelery42
Apium graveolens rapaceumCeleriac42
Apium graveolens secalinumLeaf Celery42
Apium insulare 00
Sapium japonicum 10
Sapium sebiferumVegetable Tallow, Chinese tallow, Popcorn Tree, Chinese Tallow Tree22

 

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