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A wild plant with flowers by Jeroen Willemsen, Freenatureimages.eu.


A large plant by Ori Fragman-Sapir, Powo.science.kew.org.

Author: Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze, 1891
Family:  APIACEAE
Origin:  Canary Islands, Mauritania, Morocco, Selvagens, Western Sahara
Soil:  Lava Rocks
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  7 Centimetres
Height:  70 Centimetres
Flower:  Yellow
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Canary Samphire
Synonyms:  Astydamia canariensis, DC.
Astydamia ifniensis, Caball.
Bupleurum canariense, Spreng.
Buprestis latifolia, Spreng.
Crithmum latifolium, L.f.
Heracleum canariense, Choisy ex DC.
Laserpitium crithminum, Link
Levisticum latifolium, Batt.
Tenoria canariensis, Spreng.

This member of the Apiaceae family was described by Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze in 1891. It is found on the Canary Islands, Mauritania, Morocco, Selvagens and Western Sahara. It grows on the lava rocks on the coast with some water and lots of sun. The fat roots can grow to seven centimetres in diameter, the whole plant to 70 centimetres height. The flowers are yellow.

"Astydamia": After Astydamia, daughter of Oceanus. the species name latifolia from Latin latus, meaning 'wide leaves'.