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Useful Temperate Plants

Athamanta sicula

L.

Apiaceae

+ Synonyms

Bubon garganicum Ten.

Libanotis sicula (L.) Crantz

Tinguarra sicula (L.) Benth. & Hook.f.

Common Name:

Athamanta sicula
Plant growing in native havitat on calcareous cliffs
Photograph by: Fouad Msanda; Plant Diversity of South-Western Morocco
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General Information

Athamanta sicula is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing 30 - 100cm tall from a taproot[
1092
Title
Antimicrobial and antiproliferative activity of Athamanta sicula L. (Apiaceae)
Publication
Pharmacogn Mag. 2011 Jan-Mar; 7(25): 31-34
Author
Vita Di Stefano, Rosa Pitonzo, and Domenico Schillaci
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
A researh paper, looking at the effectiveness of Athamanta sicula, especially the essential oil, in the treatment of cancer
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Europe - C. and S. Italy; N. Africa - Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia

Habitat

Vertical cliffs of a calcareous nature, at elevations from 100 - 1,500 metres[
1092
Title
Antimicrobial and antiproliferative activity of Athamanta sicula L. (Apiaceae)
Publication
Pharmacogn Mag. 2011 Jan-Mar; 7(25): 31-34
Author
Vita Di Stefano, Rosa Pitonzo, and Domenico Schillaci
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
A researh paper, looking at the effectiveness of Athamanta sicula, especially the essential oil, in the treatment of cancer
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.50 m
PollinatorsInsects
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus generally succeed in most soils[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
], preferring a well-drained soil in full sun[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
The long tap root is susceptible to rot in wet winters[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

Root - raw or cooked. Somewhat celery-like[
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.
,
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.
].

Medicinal

An infusion of the fresh roots is used as a diuretic in the treatment of diseases of the urinary tract, and to dissolve kidney stones[
1092
Title
Antimicrobial and antiproliferative activity of Athamanta sicula L. (Apiaceae)
Publication
Pharmacogn Mag. 2011 Jan-Mar; 7(25): 31-34
Author
Vita Di Stefano, Rosa Pitonzo, and Domenico Schillaci
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
A researh paper, looking at the effectiveness of Athamanta sicula, especially the essential oil, in the treatment of cancer
].

The essential oil in the plant, especially the apiol and myristicin content, showed significant antiproliferative activity on several cancer cell lnes[
1092
Title
Antimicrobial and antiproliferative activity of Athamanta sicula L. (Apiaceae)
Publication
Pharmacogn Mag. 2011 Jan-Mar; 7(25): 31-34
Author
Vita Di Stefano, Rosa Pitonzo, and Domenico Schillaci
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
A researh paper, looking at the effectiveness of Athamanta sicula, especially the essential oil, in the treatment of cancer
].

Other Uses

An essential oil in the plant is rich in apiol[
1092
Title
Antimicrobial and antiproliferative activity of Athamanta sicula L. (Apiaceae)
Publication
Pharmacogn Mag. 2011 Jan-Mar; 7(25): 31-34
Author
Vita Di Stefano, Rosa Pitonzo, and Domenico Schillaci
Publisher
 
Year
2011
ISBN
 
Description
A researh paper, looking at the effectiveness of Athamanta sicula, especially the essential oil, in the treatment of cancer
]. It has been shown that, when the essential oil is coated over steel, it is an effective inhibitor of hydrochloric acid corrosion[
1091
Title
Effect of Athamanta sicula oil on inhibition of mild steel corrosion in 1M HCl
Publication
Der Pharma Chemica · February 2015, 7(2):103-111
Author
A. Bouyanzer et al
Website
http://derpharmachemica.com/archive.html
Publisher
 
Year
2015
ISBN
0975-413X
Description
Research paper on the value of plant extracts, especially Athamanta sicula, in protecting steel from acid corrosion.
].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame[
1
Title
RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Publication
 
Author
F. Chittendon.
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Year
1951
ISBN
-
Description
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaced in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
]. Germination usually takes place within 3 - 6 weeks at 13°c[
134
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 2.
Publication
 
Author
Rice. G. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1988
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation. An interesting article on Ensete ventricosum.
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
The seed can also be sown in situ as soon as the soil is workable in the spring[
134
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 2.
Publication
 
Author
Rice. G. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1988
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation. An interesting article on Ensete ventricosum.
].
Division in spring, with care[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2022-10-07. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Athamanta+sicula>

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