Wild Parsnip (Trachymene incisa)
Family: Araliaceae (formerly Apiaceae)
Size: Up to 50cm.
Description: Perennial erect herb with long stalk and dainty white flowers, often found growing in colony’s. Thin to thick taproot.
Habitat: Found on stony, rocky infertile soils and open sunny areas along NSW and SE QLD coastal areas, heaths and woodlands.
Foliage: Basal parsley like leaves with 3-5 deeply divided lobes that look like teeth, hence the name incisa. Tapered parsnip like taproot/tuber (10mm x 5cm), found just below the ground surface.
Flowers: Delicate white flowers in umbels to 20mm (spring-summer).
Distribution: NSW, South east QLD
Uses: Edible tap root can be eaten raw or cooked and tastes like parsnip. Bake in hot ash or coals for 5 mins.