Aciphylla decipiens Benth. et Hook.f., Ligusticum decipiens Kirk, Angelica decipiens Hook.f.; Ligusticum petraeum Cheeseman, Anisotome petraea (Cheeseman) Cheeseman, Gingidum decipiens (Hook.f.) J.W.Dawson
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledons other than Composites
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2n = 22
Current conservation status
The threat classification status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS) – more information about this can be found on the NZTCS website This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley. Please note, threat classifications are often suggested by authors when publications fall between NZTCS assessment periods – a suggested threat classification status has not been assessed by the NZTCS panel.
2017 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Endemic. South Island, mainly westerly from Nelson to Fiordland
Subalpine to alpine herbfield (up to 1600 m a.s.l.). Rupestral within rock crevices, ledges and within talus slopes and debris slides. Usually found on limestone, marble or granite, or base-rich facies of greywacke.
Stout yellow-green to dark green or glaucescent perennial from compact tufts up to 200 mm wide. Bases surrounded by persistent dead leaf remnants. Plants not rhizomatous. Petioles 10-80 x 0.75-1.5 mm, sheaths 6-20 x 3-7 mm. Leaves once-pinnate, rarely 2-pinnate, sub-fleshy, 40-180 x 5-40 mm yellow-green, dark green to glaucescent; leaflets 5-10 pairs, these 4-24 x 3-16 mm, sessile or shortly petioluled with petiolules up to 5 mm long; mostly pinnatifid or pinnate, rare simple; if pinnatifid or pinnate with two pairs of segments; segments not overlapping, stomata equally abundant on both surfaces. Inflorescences 80-200 mm long with axes 0.75-2.0 mm diameter; compound with umbels 1-3 per inflorescence; simple umbels 5-10 per compound umbel; bracts free; flowers 8-15 per simple umbel; styles 1.5-3.0 mm long. Mericarps (excluding style) 3.2-6.0 mm long, dull or glossy, finely bullate on wings, dark yellow, brown or tinged purple, vittae dark brown, dark red-brown or dark purple-brown; ovate-oblong or ovate; apex rounded or narrowed to 2-3 lanceolate to ovate-triangular calyx teeth and thin twisted style remnant; surface broadly convex with 5 equal ribs, the 2 commissural broadly and evenly winged, or with wings broadening toward base.
Distinguished from all other New Zealand species of Gingidia by the usually green to yellow green rather than glaucous leaflets which are < 15 mm long, in 5-10 pairs, mostly pinnatifid to pinnate (rarely simple), with the lower leaflets sessile or on short petiolules up to 5 mm long, usually truncate or obtuse at base. Simple leaflets usually bear 7 or more teeth, while pinnatifid leafllets have 5 or less teeth per proximal segment. More likely to be confused with Anisotome Hook.f. from which it is best distinguished by leaflet teeth which are not produced into hairs or bristles, and the obvious aniseed smell of the leaves when crushed.
October - April
November - June
Winged mericarps are dispersed by wind (Thorsen et al., 2009).
Easily grown from fresh seed. An excellent and attractive rockery plant. Ideal in a pot. Prefers free draining moist soils. Benefits from regular applications of lime.
gingidia: A Syrian carrot
Fact Sheet prepared by P.J. de Lange (1 February 2009). Description adapted from Dawson (1974)
References and further reading
Dawson, J.W. 1974: Validation of Gingidia (Umbelliferae). Kew Bulletin 29: 476-476.
Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Gingidia decipiens Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/gingidia-decipiens/ (Date website was queried)