Aphanes arvensis L.

Parsley Piert

Sp. Pl. 123 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Herb to 30 cm high, often greyish-green in appearance; stems villous with long spreading hairs. Leaves fan-shaped, 5–12-lobed (occasionally lobes grouped in 3s or 4s), 5–15 mm long, 4–8 mm wide; lamina with white spreading hairs; petiole conspicuous; stipules bowl-shaped, 2.5–4 mm wide, divided to midway into c. 8 triangular lobes, veins inconspicuous, hairs scattered, long and spreading, mainly along margins. Flowers in clusters of 5–7. Sepals 4, triangular, 0.3–0.4 mm long, often with long spreading hairs at apex, but the remainder almost without hairs; hypanthium urceolate to elliptic, distinctly 5–10-ribbed, hairs white bristly to spreading, longer hairs chiefly near ribs, 1.5–2(–2.5) mm long. Fruiting hypanthium green to light brown. Flowers (Oct.–)Nov.–Jan.(–Mar.).

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe. Occurs in disturbed sites in eucalypt woodlands and open-forests in wetter areas of the State.

Source: Jeanes, J.A.; Jobson, P.C. (1996). Rosaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Aphanes
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Aphanes arvensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aphanes arvensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory