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Useful Temperate Plants

Echinophora spinosa

L.

Apiaceae

+ Synonyms

Selinum spinosum (L.) E.H.L.Krause

Common Name:

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General Information

Echinophora spinosa is a much-branched, spiny, perennial plant that can grow up to 45cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. An essential oil obtained from the plant has been shown to have antibacterial and antifungal applications[
1202
Title
Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of Echinophora spinosa L. (Apiaceae) Essential Oil
Publication
Rec. Nat. Prod. 5:4 (2011) 319-323
Author
Jasmina M. Glamočlija, Marina D. Soković et al
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

50
Title
Flora Europaea
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1964
ISBN
-
Description
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for Europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.

Range

Mediterranean - Spain to Greece, Algeria

Habitat

Maritime sands[
50
Title
Flora Europaea
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1964
ISBN
-
Description
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for Europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Edible Uses

Root[
105
Title
Tanaka's Cyclopedia of Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Tanaka. T. & Nakao S.
Publisher
Keigaku Publishing; Tokyo
Year
1976
ISBN
-
Description
The most comprehensive list of edible plants I've come across. Only the briefest entry for each species, though, and some of the entries are more than a little dubious. Not for the casual reader.
,
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
]. A parsnip flavour[
2
Title
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Hedrick. U. P.
Publisher
Dover Publications
Year
1972
ISBN
0-486-20459-6
Description
Lots of entries, quite a lot of information in most entries and references.
].

Young leaves - pickled[
2
Title
Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World.
Publication
 
Author
Hedrick. U. P.
Publisher
Dover Publications
Year
1972
ISBN
0-486-20459-6
Description
Lots of entries, quite a lot of information in most entries and references.
,
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
].

Medicinal

The aerial parts of the plant contain an essential oil. The main components of this oil are gamma-carene (60.86 %), alpha-phellandrene (7.12%), p-cymene (6.22 %), myrcene (4.82 %) and beta-phellandrene (2.73 %). The oil has been shown to be an effective antimicrobial[
1202
Title
Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of Echinophora spinosa L. (Apiaceae) Essential Oil
Publication
Rec. Nat. Prod. 5:4 (2011) 319-323
Author
Jasmina M. Glamočlija, Marina D. Soković et al
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Division
Root cuttings in the winter.

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