Melanoselinum decipiens (Madeira Giant Black Parsley) is a Madeiran endemic that is a case of Insular Gigantism.
It belongs to the Apiaceae (or Umbelliferae) family which includes known plants used in culinary like carrot plant or parsley.
It has been cultivated as a rare ornamental in gardens across Europe. In Madeira, it can be found at open spots in the laurel forest or humid places in the mountains.
The plant has a thick woody stem which allows it to grow up to 3 m height. In the shade it can get even taller. The large pinnate evergreen leaves, that resemble parsley leaves, can reach 90cm long.
The plant is monocarpic, which means it grows for some years, flowers and then dies. When in bloom the plant gets very impressive, covered with umbels, dense clusters of tiny flowers. The flowers are pink to white.
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