Genus: Sium (Water parsnip genus)
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Order: Apiales > Family: Apiaceae
A cosmopolitan genus with 14 species. One species is native
to southern Africa and another two species are cultivated.
Species native to southern Africa
Flora of Zimbabwe
and Flora of
Species cultivated in southern Africa
List from Glen (2002).
Sium latifolium (Greater water Parsnip)
Indigenous from Europe through to Siberia. Picture and account in Pooley
(1998 p. 296) and van Wyk & Malan (1997) p. 94.
Sium sisarum (Skirret)
Indigenous from Europe through to central Asia. In its
native distribution, roots are eaten and used as a coffee substitute.
Burtt, B.L. 1991. Umbelliferae of southern
Africa: an introduction and annotated checklist. Edinburgh Journal of
Botany 48: 133-282.
Pooley, E. 1998. A Field Guide
to Wild Flowers KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora
Publications Trust, Durban.
van Wyk, B. &
Malan, S. 1997. Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Highveld. 2nd
edition. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.