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Taxon: Brassica rapa L. subsp. chinensis (L.) Hanelt var. purpuraria (L. H. Bailey) Kitam.

Genus: Brassica
Family: Brassicaceae (alt.Cruciferae)
Tribe: Brassiceae
Nomen number: 105454
Place of publication: Mem. Coll. Sci. Kyoto Imp. Univ., Ser. B, Biol. 19(3):78. 1950
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 03-Jun-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

  • purple-stem mustard  (Source: Pl Names) - English
  • saishin  (Source: Int J AgriSci) - English
  • zi cai tai  (Source: Pl Names) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: vegetable (listed as Saishin) vegetable (young inflorescences are harvested before anthesis) vegetable (young inflorescences are harvested before anthesis)

Distributional Range:


    • CHINA: China


  1. Gladis, T. & K. Hammer. 1992. Die Gaterslebener Brassica - Kollektion - Brassica juncea, B. napus, B. nigra und B. rapa. Feddes Repert. 103:469-507. Note: = "Brassica purpuraria (Bailey) Bailey"
  2. Hammer, K. & T. Gladis. 2014. Notes on infraspecific nomenclature and classifications of cultivated plants in Compositae, Cruciferae, Cucurbitaceae, Gramineae (with a remark on Triticum dicoccon Schrank) and Leguminosae. Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 61:1455-1467.
  3. Hammer, K. et al. 2013. The wild and the grown - remarks on Brassica. Int. J. AgriSci. 3:453-480.
  4. Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6
  5. Li, Y. & X. Yu. 2006. Pollination with laser-irradiated pollens breaks cross-incompatibility between zicaitai (Brassica campestris var. purpurea) and ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala) to produce hybrids. Sci. Hort. 108:397-402. Note: it used an Ogura CMS Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis var. purpuraria
  6. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  7. Steward, A. N. 1958. Manual of vascular plants of the lower Yangtze valley. Note: = Brassica purpuraria (L. H. Bailey) L. H. Bailey
  8. Stewart, A. V. 2002. A review of Brassica species, cross-pollination and implications for pure seed production in New Zealand. Agronomy N.Z. 32:63-82. Note: = Brassica rapa subsp. "purpuraria" used as multistem vegetable, and sowed in New Zealand's Spring time
  9. Warwick, S. I. et al. 2008. AFLP-based molecular characterization of Brassica rapa and diversity in Canadian spring turnip rape cultivars. Pl. Genet. Resources Charact. Util. 6:11-21.
  10. Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994-. Flora of China (English edition). Note: mentions
  11. Zhao, J. et al. 2005. Genetic relationships within Brassica rapa as inferred from AFLP fingerprints. Theor. Appl. Genet. 110:1301-1314.

Check other web resources for Brassica rapa L. subsp. chinensis (L.) Hanelt var. purpuraria (L. H. Bailey) Kitam. :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=105454. Accessed 4 August 2020.