Common name: Purple Parsnip
Trachymene cyanopetala (F.Muell.) Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Trachymene moorei Hiroë APNI*
Description: Annual herb, to 20 cm high; stems glabrous.
Leaves deeply 3-lobed to dissected, lamina broad ovate in outline, 1–3 cm long, 1–3 cm wide; segments elliptic or cuneate, 1–4 mm wide, sparsely hairy; petiole 10–35 mm long.
Umbels 2.5–14 mm diam. 2–5 flowered; peduncle 5–40 mm long glabrous or hairy; bracts 4–5, 1.5–3 mm long. Flowers bisexual. Petals 0.8–1.3 mm long, white, purple or blue. Ovary 2-locular, densely hairy.
Fruit broad ovate, 2–6 mm long, brown to purple; both mericarps maturing. Mericarps 1.6–3 mm wide; sparsely to densely villous. Carpophores entire, 1.7–2.6 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers mainly August–NovemberAug.-September
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in eucalypt, mallee and Callitris communities in shallow sandy or stony soils, often in damp areas; chiefly west of Forbes and West Wyalong.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: W.A. S.A.
Formerly in Apiaceae.
Text by J.M. Hart
Taxon concept: J.M. Hart, 2002
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