Apium insulare P.S.Short

Island Celery

J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 1: 228 (1979) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Erect biennial to c. 20 cm high, stems ribbed, 8–10 mm wide. Leaves 1–2-pinnate, upper leaves much smaller than lower, lamina to 15(–30) cm long; leaflets 5–15(–23), elliptic to obovate, 2–8.5 cm long, each variously lobed or toothed; petiole usually shorter than lamina. Umbels 5–8 cm diam., thickly pedunculate, peduncle 4–8.5 cm long; rays 10–25, c. equal, to 5 cm long; umbellules c. 15–25-flowered; pedicels to 7 mm long. Petals c. 1 mm long, white, sometimes with a yellow midrib. Fruit broad-ovoid, c. 1.5–2.5 mm long; mericarps almost covered by the 5 corky, yellow ribs. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

EGL, WPro. Also NSW (Lord Howe Island), Tas. A rare species, confined in Victoria to Wilsons Promontory and nearby islands where often growing amongst granite boulders near the coast and at Tea Tree Point near Mallacoota where it grows in swampy shrubland.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Apiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Apiaceae
genus Apium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Apium insulare in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Apium insulare in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

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New South Wales