SLENDER PARSLEY-PIERT

Aphanes australis

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

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Not to be confused with : Garden Parsley, nor to Parsley Fern which it slightly resembles, nor to Fool's Parsley, nor to, nor to Stone Parsley, nor to Cow Parsley, nor to Hedge-Parsleys such as Upright Hedge-Parsley, nor to Milk-parsley [plants with similar names]

Superficial resemblance to : Parsley Fern in that it is totally green and low and grows in some similar places.

The leaves have some similarities to : those of Mossy Saxifrage.

Lookee-Likees : Parsley-piert.

The flowers of this plant have no petals, but they do have two rings of four green, inwardly curved sepals. [Those of it's cousin, Parsley-piert have two rings of four straight sepals].

It grows on bare or arable ground, and un-like Parsley-piert avoiding lime.

In traditional medicine, Parsley-piert has been used to treat kidney stones, for it contains substances that (slowly) dissolves them. It is a diuretic and contains tannins. Whether Slender Parsley-piert has these same properties is un-clear, but it probably does.

It obtains it's name by its apparent ability to break through stoney ground, perce-pierre, and perhaps this is why it was advocated to break kidney stones too.

It is regarded as a weed that is hard to control when in a garden, for its seeds can lie dormant long periods, awaiting suitable conditions to sprout forth and multiply.


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Aphanes
(Parsley-Pierts)

SLENDER PARSLEY-PIERT

Aphanes australis

Rose Family [Rosaceae]

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