Angelica pachycarpa (Portuguese angelica)
Species: A. pachycarpa
Binomial name: Angelica pachycarpa
Common names: Portuguese angelica, Angelica
Angelica pachycarpa is a herbaceous, perennial, umbellifer plant native to northwestern Spain and western Portugal.
Angelica pachycarpa was brought into New Zealand as an ornamental garden plant. It is more widely cultivated than the culinary species. It is now naturalised in New Zealand. It is found mainly in coastal areas and in waste places. It is spread by the dumping of garden waste, by wind and water movement.
Angelica pachycarpa is a short-lived, stout fleshy plant that grows > 1m tall. It has glossy, dark foliage and umbels of creamy-white to greenish-white flowers in flattish umbels that are ten to 20 cm wide. The grooved, green stems are hollow. The base foliage is two to three pinnate and noticeable petiolate; the stem leaves are one to three pinnate with very short petioles. The fruit are up to twelve millimetres long, brown with lighter coloured wings, and have a pepper-like scent. The foliage and stems have a faint aniseed odour.
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