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A two month old seedling by Marlena Fairbourne.

The swollen root by Marlena Fairbourne.

The leaves by Marlena Fairbourne.

The flower from

Author:  Christian F.F. Hochstetter, 1844
Origin:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repulic, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  20 Centimetres
Height:  2-7 Meters
Flower:  Greenish - Yellowish - White
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings?
Names:  Carrot Tree, Cabbage Tree, Geelwortelboom
Synonyms:  Peucedanum araliaceum William Philip Hiern, 1877.
Peucedanum fraxinifolium
William Philip Hiern, 1873.
Steganotaenia araliacea
var. daramolana, Jacq.-Fél.

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 referring to its resembling with the species of Araliaceae.

The roots after half a year by Marlena Fairbourne.