We're still searching fro the perfect photo of this species

Lesser water-parsnip

Enw gwyddonol: Berula erecta
Look out for the white, umbrella-like flower heads of Lesser water-parsnip along the shallow margins of ditches, ponds, lakes and rivers. When crushed, it does, indeed, smell like parsnip!

Species information


Height: 0.3-1m

Statws cadwraethol


Pryd i'w gweld

July to September


The Lesser water-parsnip is a perennial, aquatic plant that grows in shallow, clear, flowing water at the margins of ditches, ponds, lakes and rivers.
It can grow quite tall and displays umbrella-like flower heads from July to September.

Sut i'w hadnabod

Lesser water-parsnip has loose umbels of white flower heads and grooved hollow stems. Its bluish-green leaves are pinnate with varying numbers of leaflets (3 to 14 pairs) that have toothed edges. A characteristic feature of this plant is the presence of a pale ring at the base of the leaf stalk.


Mainly found in lowland England, scarce elsewhere.

Roeddech chi yn gwybod?

As its name suggests, Lesser water-parsnip smells of parsnip or carrot when it is crushed.

Sut y gall bobl helpu

The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of the wildlife they support. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife news, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and will be helping local wildlife along the way.