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Plant of the day: Wild Parsnip (trachymene incisa)

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Trachymene incisa, the wild parsnip, is a perennial herb native to eastern Australia (particularly QLD and NSW) growing in sclerophyll forest and cleared areas, with a preference for sandy soils and rock crevices. Wild parsnip is 80 cm high with thick perennial rootstock and is sparsely hairy to almost hairless.

The roots are a traditional Aboriginal bushfood and are eaten after baking in campfire coals or in earth ovens.

It has no known medicinal uses.

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