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Tutae Koau

Botanical Name:      Apium prostratum

Maori Name:           Tutae Koau
Common Name:       Native celery

Looking like a miniature form of garden celery, native celery became an important plant for Captain Cook as after a long voyage from the Pacific Islands he would have been wanting to find fresh vegetables for his crew.  There are several entries in the journals of his first voyage which describe the gathering of celery.


Fri 27th Oct 1769 Tolaga Bay


“The other place I landed was at the N. point of the bay, where I got as much Sellery and Scurvy grass as loaded the boat”


and on Sat 28th Oct


“as I intended to sail in the morning some hands were employed picking of Sellery to take to sea with us.  This is found here in great plenty, and I have caused it to be boiled with Portable Soup (blocks of dried extract of meat) and Oatmeal for the people’s breakfast ……….. I look upon it to be very wholesome and a great Antiscorbutick”.


Native celery and scurvy grass, Lepidium oleraceum, share the special honour of being the first plants gathered for food by Europeans in N.Z.


Native celery has a good presence on the foreshore of the beaches on Tiritiri Matangi but is now rarely found on mainland beaches.  Scurvy grass is not present on Tiritiri Matangi.


Native celery belongs in the carrot family (Apiaceae).  Cook’s scurvy grass is a cress.

Photography by Warren Brewer ©