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 Parsley, nor to Milk Parsley [plants with similar names]

Superficial resemblance to : Parsley Fern in that is 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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