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Useful Temperate Plants

Berula erecta

(Huds.) Coville

Apiaceae

+ Synonyms

Apium berula Caruel

Apium sium Crantz

Berla monspeliensium Bubani

Berula angustifolia (L.) Mert. & W.D.J.Koch

Berula angustifolia Boiss.

Berula angustifolia Greene

Berula incisa (Torr.) G.N.Jones

Berula orientalis Woronow ex Schischk.

Berula pusilla (Nutt.) Fernald

Berula thunbergii (DC.) H.Wolff

Carum sioides J.M.Black

Selinum berula E.H.L.Krause

Siella erecta (Huds.) Pimenov

Sium angustifolium L.

Sium erectum Huds.

Sium incisum Torr.

Sium orientale Soó

Sium pusillum Nutt.

Sium thunbergii DC.

Common Name: Cutleaf Waterparsnip

Berula erecta
Cultivated plant in the Botanical Garden of Charles University in in Prague, Czech Republic
Photograph by: Karelj
Public domain
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General Information

Berula erecta is a robust, erect to decumbent, herbaceous perennial plant producing stems usually less than 100cm but sometimes up to 250cm tall from a rhizomatous rootstock. The stems are usually stoloniferous, rooting at the nodes, the plant often forming large colonies[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and possibly as a food.
The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

The plant is toxic, and capable of causing death to grazing animals[
274
Title
Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas
Publication
 
Author
Diggs, Jnr. G.M.; Lipscomb. B. L. & O'Kennon. R. J
Website
http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/bio/gdiggs/NCTXpdf.htm
Publisher
Botanical Research Institute, Texas.
Year
1999
ISBN
1-889878-01-4
Description
An excellent flora, which is also available on-line.
].

Botanical References

17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Widespread in the temperate zones of Europe, Asia, N. America, also found in eastern Africa from Egypt through the tropical regions to S. Africa.

Habitat

An aquatic or semi-aquatic plant, growing in ditches, canals, ponds, streamsides, fens and marshes[
17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Berula erecta is found through much of the northern temperate zone, avoiding the colder, more northerly regions. It is also found through the tropical areas of eastern Africa.
Judging by its native habitats, it is likely to need a moist to wet soil or shallow water, and a position inin full sun or light shade[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
The leaves of this plant are very similar to Apium nodiflorum, differing in colour and in the usually greater number of pairs of segments[
17
Title
Flora of the British Isles.
Publication
 
Author
Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1962
ISBN
-
Description
A very comprehensive flora, the standard reference book but it has no pictures.
].

Edible Uses

The leaves and flowers have been used for food[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
]. This report needs to be treated with some caution - see notes above on toxicity.

Medicinal

The plant is used externally in the treatment of rheumatism[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].
An infusion of the whole plant can be used as a wash for swellings, rashes and athletes foot infections[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Division
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