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Family: Umbelliferae
Trachymene glaucifolia

Citation: Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:350 (1867).

Synonymy: Didiscus glaucifolius F. Muell., Linnaea 25:395 (1853); D. glaucifolius F. Muell. var. macrocarpus Domin, Sber. Boehm. Ges. Wiss. Prag 1908, 10:50 (1908).

Common name: Blue (or wild) parsnip.

Erect mostly glabrous usually glaucous annual or biennial herb, perhaps sometimes with a short-lived perennial rootstock, 50-100 cm high; stem stout, solid; leaves petiolate; leaf blades palmatisect, with 3-5 oblong-cuneate segments, each with 2 or 3 short blunt or acute lobes, usually glabrous and glaucous; petioles longer than the blades, dilated and sometimes ciliate towards the base.

Umbels pedunculate, many-flowered, 1.5-3 cm diam.; peduncles 3-8 cm long, stiff, short-glandular-hirsute at the base; involucral bracts linear-lanceolate, ciliate, shorter than the pedicels; petals white or violet; disk flat.

Mericarps 4.5-7 mm long, 4-5 mm broad, granular-papillose, only 1 developed in each fruit.

Published illustration: Beadle (1980) Students flora of north-eastern New South Wales, fig. 265B; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 544.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP.   W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: April — Dec.

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Biology: Reported to be poisonous to sheep, but according to Everist (1974) Poisonous plants of Australia, p. 509, this may be based on confusion with T. ochracea L. Johnson and possibly T. cyanantha Boyland (2 species not known from S.Aust.).

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