Aciphylla glacialis (F.Muell.) Benth.

Mountain Celery

Fl. Austral. 3: 375 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Stout, erect herb with robust rootstock, 25–60 cm high. Leaves stiff, mostly basal, some cauline, 2–3-pinnate, fan-like; lamina ovate or elliptic in outline, 10–30 cm long (including sheathing base), 4–9 cm wide; segments linear, acute with aristate tip; basal sheath 6–16 cm long, 10–20 mm wide. Male inflorescence slender, spreading, the female more robust and contracted with stouter peduncles; 7–16 umbellules per compound umbel. Flowers 2.5–3 mm diam.; petals 1–1.5 mm long; stamens often exceeding petals in male flowers. Fruit 5.5–10.5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide Flowers summer.

CVU, HNF, HSF, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW. Locally common in tussock grassland and tall herbfield in alps and higher subalps, rarely in Snow-gum woodland. Relished by stock and often rare in grazed areas.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Apiales
family Apiaceae
genus Aciphylla
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Aciphylla glacialis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Aciphylla glacialis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales