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Taxon: Crambe hispanica L.

Genus: Crambe
Section: Leptocrambe
Family: Brassicaceae (alt.Cruciferae)
Tribe: Brassiceae
Nomen number: 12007
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:671. 1753
Link to protologue: https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/358692
Typification: View in Linnean Typification Project
Name Verified on: 16-Jul-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 20-May-2018
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 28 (2 active, 2 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Abyssinian mustard  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • Abyssinian-kale  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • colewort  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • crambe  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • chou d'Abyssinie  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • crambé  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • crambé d'Abyssinie  (Source: PROTA4U) - French
  • oljekål  (Source: Kulturvaxtdatabas) - Swedish

Distributional Range:


    • NORTHEAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Eritrea, Ethiopia
    • EAST TROPICAL AFRICA: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
    • WEST-CENTRAL TROPICAL AFRICA: Democratic Republic of the Congo (e.), Rwanda

    • WESTERN ASIA: Cyprus, Iran (w.), Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria

    • SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: Albania (s.), Croatia (Adriatic Islands), Greece, Italy (s. & Sicily)

    Cultivated (also cult.)


  1. PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  2. Aldén, B., S. Ryman, & M. Hjertson Svensk Kulturväxtdatabas, SKUD (Swedish Cultivated and Utility Plants Database; online resource on www.skud.info). 2012 (Kulturvaxtdatabas)
  3. Greuter, W. et al., eds. Med-Checklist. (L Medit)
  4. Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  5. Jalas, J. & J. Suominen Atlas florae europaeae. (Atlas Eur)
  6. Jonsell, B. 1976. Some tropical African Cruciferae Bot. Not. 129:126.
  7. Kunkel, G. Plants for human consumption. 1984 (L Edible Pl)
  8. Leppik, E. E. & G. A. White 1975. Preliminary assessment of Crambe germplasm resources (Euphytica) 24:682.
  9. Maire, R. C. J. E. et al. 1965. Flore de l'Afrique du Nord. (F Afr Nord) 12:356.
  10. Mansfeld, R. Die Kulturpflanze, Beiheft 2. (Mansfeld)
  11. Mouterde, P. Nouvelle flore du Liban et de la Syrie. (F Liban)
  12. Mulder, J. H. & H. D. Mastebroek 1996. Variation for agronomic characteristics in Crambe hispanica, a wild relative of Crambe abyssinica (Euphytica) 89:267-278.
  13. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  14. Prina, A. 2000. A taxonomic revision of Crambe, sect. Leptocrambe (Brassicaceae) Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 133:514.
  15. Rechinger, K. H., ed. Flora iranica. (F Iran)
  16. Turrill, W. B. et al., eds. Flora of tropical East Africa. (F TE Afr)
  17. Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. Flora europaea. (F Eur)
  18. Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. Flora europaea, ed. 2. (F Eur ed2)
  19. Warwick, S. I. & R. K. Gugel 2003. Genetic variation in the Crambe abyssinica - C. hispanica - C. glabrata complex Genet. Resources Crop Evol. 50:291-305.
  20. Zohary, M. & N. Feinbrun-Dothan Flora palaestina. (F Palest)

Check other web resources for Crambe hispanica L. :

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • 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. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=12007. Accessed 19 April 2019.