Taxonomy

Smyrnium olusatrum | Alexanders | Lusrán grándubh

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Archaeophyte

Species Biology

Identification

  • Distinctive Yellow/Green Umbellifer, with a fragrant almost pungent aroma (leaves smell quite like celery). 
  • Flowers early in the year from February into Summer Months
  • Distinctive black seeds produced after flowering

Habitat

Hedges, roadsides and waste places

Life cycle

Biennial/Perennial

Ex-situ conservation

Not known

Use

Food crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

A native of the Mediterranean region. Considered an alien in the British Isles and most likely introduced in Ireland. The name 'Alexanders' refers to Alexander the Great who was thought to have used this plant. It is likely that it was brought to the British Isles by the Romans. Thought to be a relic of ancient cultivation. A former pot-herb, used as a salad, but it has now been replaced by celery.

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