Berula Erecta

Botanical Name :Berula erecta
Family  : Umbelliferae
Genus : Berula
Synonyms : Berula pusilla – Fernald.,Sium angustifolium – L.,Sium erectum – Huds.
Comon Name :Cutleaf water parsnip or also simply water parsnip.
Vernacular names:-
Deutsch: Schmalblättriger Merk, Berle
English: cutleaf waterparsnip
Français: Berle Dressée
Nederlands: Kleine Watereppe
Polski: Potocznik W?skolistny
Svenska: Bäckmärke

Kingdom:
Plantae
Order: Apiales
Species: B. erecta

Habitat: Most of Europe, including Britain, N. America, W. and C. Asia.  Ditches, canals, ponds, fens and marshes throughout Britain

Description:
It is a perennial plant forming stolons at the base where it roots in mud, often underwater. It extends hollow stems and umbels of white flowers. The leaves are fernlike and have several narrow to rounded leaflets.It grows to 1 m. It is easily confused with the highly toxic water hemlock.
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It is hardy to zone 3. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist or wet soil.

Cultivation :
We have no information on the cultivation needs of this plant but, judging by its native habitats, it is likely to need a moist to wet soil in 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.

Propagation:

Through Seed –

Edible Uses:-
The leaves and flowers have been used for food.

Medicinal Actions & Uses:

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.

Known Hazards:   The plant is toxic, and capable of causing death to grazing animals. Causes diarrhea, enteritis, milk taint.

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider

Resources:
http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Berula+erecta
http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Berula_erecta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berula
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/img_query?rel-taxon=contains&where-taxon=Berula+erecta

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