Taxon: Nigella sativa L.

 
Genus: Nigella
Family: Ranunculaceae
  Subfamily: Ranunculoideae
      Tribe: Nigelleae
Nomen number: 25337
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:534. 1753
Name Verified on: 20-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Apr-2000
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 50 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Food additives: flavoring (fide F Eur ed2; L Edible Pl)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (fide F Yemen)

Distributional Range:

    Native:

  • Asia-Temperate

    • Western Asia: Iraq; Turkey

  • Naturalized:

    . sometimes natzd. from Mediterranean region to c. Asia

    Cultivated:

    . widely cult.

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