Common name: Celery
Apium graveolens L. APNI*
Description: Erect biennial to 1 m high, with ribbed stems, aromatic, glabrous.
Leaves usually 1-pinnate, upper leaves much smaller; leaflets 3–5, ovate-cuneate, to 5 cm long, each ± deeply 3-lobed, with crenate to toothed margins.
Umbels 3–4 cm diam., sessile or subsessile with 4–8 unequal rays. Petals 0.5–0.7 mm long, white.
Fruit broadly ovoid, 1.5–2.5 mm long; mericarps with 5 slender whitish ribs.
Distribution and occurrence: Cultivated as a vegetable, recorded as naturalized from the Picton-Campbelltown area and from near Lake Cargelligo. Native of Europe.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *ST, *SWS, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by S. M. Hastings & J. M. Powell (1994)
Taxon concept: P.S. Green (1994)
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