Apium graveolens L.


Sp. Pl. 264 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or prostrate biennial to 1 m high, stems ribbed. Leaves 1- or 2-pinnate, upper leaves reduced; lamina to 6(–15) cm long; leaflets 3–7, ovate-cuneate, to 5 cm long, often deeply 3-lobed and lobes again divided; margins crenate to toothed; petiole longer than lamina. Umbels 1–4 cm diam., shortly pedunculate, occasionally more or less sessile; rays 3–12, unequal, 1–3(–6.5) cm long; umbellules 3–10(–20)-flowered; pedicels to 5 mm long. Petals c. 0.5 mm long, white, often with reddish midrib. Fruit broad-ovoid, c. 1.5 mm long; mericarps with 5 slender, pale ribs. Flowers Oct.–Feb.

*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP. Naturalised all mainland States.

Sporadic, but can be very common at some sites such as the Western Treatment Plant.

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, 2018-05-02
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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 graveolens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Apium graveolens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory