Xanthosia leiophylla

Parsley Xanthosia

Tufted or scrambling to weakly erect perennial herb or subshrub.

Additional information

  • FamilyApiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 15 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesLeaves mostly basal on stalks 2-12 cm long. Dark green leaves 10-50 mm x 10-50 mm, finely divided 2-3 times, final segments egg-shaped.
  • Flower colourReddish
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersClusters of tiny male or bisexual flowers on long stalks to 40 mm long, opposite leaves; cluster branched 2-4 times, 3-6 flowers per branch, often 1-3 stalkless flowers at base of branching stalks.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to well drained heathy woodland. Semi shade.
  • Garden useRelatively insignificant herb which can be grown amongst other small herbs.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Recorded at one known site within the Shire, disjunct from other populations in Victoria.
  • Related speciesVery similar to Xanthosia dissecta, growing in drier habitats. Flower clusters on X. dissecta have 2 branches of 1-3 flowers. Flowering stalk is shorterer. Flowers are all bisexual.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Peter Kinchington ©; 2 Nimal G. Karunjeewa, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 4 Emma Campbell SYR

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