Kath Alcock paintings: 7
Apium prostratum, partly
Apium australe, partly
Apium is an ancient Latin name for celery or parsley. Annuum from the Latin 'annus' meaning year, referring to the species life cycle.
Distribution and status
Found in the southern part of South Austra, growing in coastal foreshore and inland in saltmarsh and other saline habitats. Also found in Western Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Tasmania. Common in the other states.
Herbarium regions: Eyre Peninsula, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, Green Adelaide
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Small, erect annual herb to 50 cm high, often with many stems. Leaves to 50 cm long, usually divided 1–3 times; upper leaves much smaller than lower; leaflets 3–5, ovate-cuneate, to 2.5 cm long, often deeply 3-lobed with lobes again divided. Inflorescence in clusters to 4 cm diameter with tiny white flowers and a reddish mid rib. Flowering between September to December. Fruits are brown ovoid cluster to 1.5 mm long, with a number of seed segments. Seeds are pale-brown wedge-shaped seed to 1 mm long and 0.5 mm wide, with 5 slender ribs. Seed embryo type is linear under-developed.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between November and February. Collect maturing fruits by picking off the clusters that are turning brown. Place the fruits in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then rub the fruits with a rubber bung to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
|Location||No. of seeds|
4,900 (1.16 g)