Aethusa cynapium Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
fool's-parsley

Fool's parsley, Aethusa cynapium, is an annual herb in the plant family Apiaceae, native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa. It is the only member of the genus Aethusa. It is related to Hemlock and Water-dropwort, and like them, is poisonous, though less so than Hemlock. It has been introduced into many other parts of the world and is a common weed in cultivated ground.

Aethusa cynapium

Medical use

Economic importance of Aethusa cynapium

Medicines folklore
Vertebrate poisons mamals
Weed potential sed contaminant

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Geografical distribution

  • ASIA-TEMPERATE
    Native
    • Western Asia: Turkey
    • Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
  • EUROPE
    Native
    • Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    • Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    • East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Ukraine
    • Southeastern Europe: Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Italy; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France ; Spain

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
Acetylenes Plant
Aethusiin Plant
Aethusinols Plant
Alkaloids Plant 2 3
Cynopine Plant
Eo Plant 150
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]