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
Cultivated plant in the Botanical Garden of Charles University in in Prague, Czech Republic
Photograph by: Karelj
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[
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)[
The plant is toxic, and capable of causing death to grazing animals[
Widespread in the temperate zones of Europe, Asia, N. America, also found in eastern Africa from Egypt through the tropical regions to S. Africa.
An aquatic or semi-aquatic plant, growing in ditches, canals, ponds, streamsides, fens and marshes[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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[
The leaves of this plant are very similar to Apium nodiflorum, differing in colour and in the usually greater number of pairs of segments[
The leaves and flowers have been used for food[
]. This report needs to be treated with some caution - see notes above on toxicity.
The plant is used externally in the treatment of rheumatism[
An infusion of the whole plant can be used as a wash for swellings, rashes and athletes foot infections[