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Family: APIACEAE 

 Steganotaenia araliacea
 


A two month old seedling by Marlena Fairbourne

  
Author:  Christian Ferdinand Friedrich Hochstetter, 1844
Family:  Apiaceae
Habitat:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Congo, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Etiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  2-7 Meters
Flower:  Greenish - Yellowish - White
Reproduction:  Seeds/Cuttings?
Pop names:  Carrot Tree, Cabbage Tree, Geelwortelboom
Synonyms:  Peucedanum araliaceum William Philip Hiern 1877. Peucedanum fraxinifolium William Philip Hiern 1873.

The swollen root by Marlena Fairbourne
   This member of the Apiaceae family was given this name by Christian Ferdinand Friedrich Hochstetter in 1844. It is found in most of Africa except the north, growing in a well drained soil with quite some water and some to lots of sun. The stem can grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant from two to seven metres in height. At present, it is not clear how much the root will develop, and for how long it will maintain its caudex-like appearance. The flowers are from white over yellowish to greenish. The entire plant have a strong scent of carrot when crushed.

The generic name is likely based on Greek ‘stegnas’ meaning covered and the Latin ‘taenia’ meaning band. The species name refers to its resembling with the species of Araliaceae.


The leaves by Marlena Fairbourne