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Taxon: Oenanthe javanica (Blume) DC.

Genus: Oenanthe
Family: Apiaceae (alt. Umbelliferae) subfamily: Apioideae tribe: Oenantheae
Nomen number: 102119
Place of publication: Prodr. 4:138. 1830
Name verified on: 21-Oct-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 21-Oct-2009
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).


Common names:

  • Chinese-celery   (Source: M. F. Watson, p.c.) – English
  • Indian-pennywort   (Source: Pl Res SEAs 8:222.) – English
  • Java water-dropwort   (Source: Zander Ency ) – English
  • water-celery   (Source: Pl Res SEAs 8:222.) – English
  • water-dropwort   (Source: Pl Res SEAs 8:222.) – English
  • shui qin   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • Java-Wasserfenchel   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • seri   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • minari   (Source: Kulturpflanze 34:111) – Transcribed Korean

Economic importance:

  • Food additives: flavoring   (alternative for celery fide Pl Res SEAs 8:220. 1993)
  • Environmental: ornamental   (fide Zander Ency)
  • Human food: vegetable   (fide Pl Res SEAs 8:220-221. 1993)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide F ChinaEng)

Distributional range:

    Siberia: Russian Federation - Chita
    Mongolia: Mongolia
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Primorye, Sakhalin
    China: China
    Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Ryukyu Islands, Shikoku; Korea; Taiwan
    Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; India; Nepal; Pakistan
    Indo-China: Laos; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam
    Malesia: Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines
    Australia: Australia - Queensland

  • naturalized elsewhere

  • also cultivated


  • Chinese Academy of Sciences. 1959–. Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae.
  • Craib, W. G. & A. F. G. Kerr, eds. 1925–1962. Florae siamensis enumeratio.
  • Editorial Committee of the Flora of Taiwan. 1993–. Flora of Taiwan, 2nd ed.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • Hara, H. et al. 1978–1982. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal.
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. 1990. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11.
  • Komarov, V. L. et al., eds. 1934–1964. Flora SSSR. [= O. decumbens (Thunb.) Kozo-Polj.].
  • Krasnoborov, I. M., ed. 2000–. Flora of Siberia (English translation).
  • Kunkel, G. 1984. Plants for human consumption.
  • Lee, Y. N. 1997. Flora of Korea.
  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. 1998. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2.
  • Mukherjee, P. K. & L. Constance. 1993. Umbelliferae (Apiaceae) of India.
  • Mun-Chan, B. et al. 1986. A checklist of the Korean cultivated plants. Kulturpflanze 34:111. [= O. decumbens (Thumb.) Koso-Pol].
  • Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. 1970–. Flora of [West] Pakistan.
  • Ohwi, J. 1965. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.).
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Rechinger, K. H., ed. 1963–. Flora iranica.
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Siemonsma, J. S. & Kasem Piluek, eds. 1993. Vegetables. In: Faridah Hanum, I. & L. J. G. van der Maesen, eds., Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA). 8:220.
  • Watson, M. F. 1996. pers. comm. [re. common names].
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition).


Check other web resources for Oenanthe javanica (Blume) DC.:

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • AVH: Australia's Virtual Herbarium
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.


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