Gingidia_montana.jpg (60035 bytes)Gingidia montana: is a member of the Apiaceae family in company with carrots, celery, fennel, parsley and the native Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi) to name a few. The family was previously known as Umbelliferae.

Gingidia montana is sometimes known as Mountain Angelica and is an erect herb up to 50 centimetres tall.

The leaves are aromatic, divided and 60 centimetres long. Each leaflet is oval to circular in shape with toothed margins. Small white flowers are borne in clusters of from 8 to 12. These clusters are known as umbels. Flowering occurs in November and December. Small egg-shaped fruits follow the flowers.

Gingidia montana is extremely rare in Australia and is only known from a few populations in New England National Park, east of Armidale, New South Wales.

The species grows in crevices, usually on cliff faces. There are many inaccessible cliff faces in the Park so there are probably undiscovered Gingidia montana populations.

Although endangered in Australia the species appears to be widespread in New Zealand especially the South Island. The type specimen was collected, in the South Island, by Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander during Captain Cook’s first voyage in 1770.

Gingidia montana is available from some New Zealand nurseries and over there the species foliage is favoured by feral deer.

Propagation would be by seed although it is unlikely that seed will be available commercially in Australia. Hopefully seed will be stored in various Botanic Garden seed banks to ensure the long-term survival of the species.