Berula erecta

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Berula erecta
Illustration Berula erecta0.jpg
1885 illustration[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Berula
Species: B. erecta
Binomial name
Berula erecta
(Huds.) Coville

Berula erecta, known as lesser water-parsnip or cutleaf waterparsnip or narrow-leaved water-parsnip,[3] is a member of the carrot family. Growing to around 1 m (3 ft) tall, it is found in or by water.[4] It is widespread across much of Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.[5][3][6][7]

Berula erecta has a hollow stem. Underwater leaves consist of compound with thread-like lobes; leaves above the surface of the water are flatter and broader. The plant produces many small white flowers in a compound umbel.[6]


  1. ^ illustration from Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885, Gera, Germany
  2. ^ The Plant List, Berula erecta (Huds.) Coville
  3. ^ a b Altervista Flora Italiana, Sedanina d'acqua, Cutleaf Waterparsnip, Berula erecta (Huds.) Coville
  4. ^ Stace, Clive (2010b), New Flora of the British Isles (3rd ed.), Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 814, ISBN 978-0-521-70772-5
  5. ^ Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
  6. ^ a b Flora of China, 天山泽芹 tian shan ze qin Berula erecta (Hudson) Coville, Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 4: 115. 1893.
  7. ^ Atlas of Living Australia