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Taxon: Euphrasia officinalis L.

Genus: Euphrasia
Family: Orobanchaceae
Nomen number: 16423
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:604. 1753
Link to protologue:
  • • formerly treated as ambiguous name, as it originally included E. rostkoviana and E. stricta
  • • Sell and Yeo selected a specimen of E. rostkoviana as lectotype and rejected the name, but there is no formal basis for this
Typification: View in Linnean Typification Project
Name Verified on: 08-Jan-2009 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 08-Jan-2009
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 1 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System


Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2, as E. rostkoviana; Herbs Commerce ed2, as E. rostkoviana)
  • Weed: parasite (fide Geigy Weed Tables. 1968, as Euphrasia rostkoviana)

Distributional Range:


    • WESTERN ASIA: Turkey (n.e.)
    • CAUCASUS: Georgia

    • NORTHERN EUROPE: Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, United Kingdom
    • MIDDLE EUROPE: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland
    • EASTERN EUROPE: Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation-European part, [European part] Ukraine
    • SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia
    • SOUTHWESTERN EUROPE: France, Spain


  1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  2. Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  3. Jarvis, C. Order out of chaos: Linnean plant names and their types. 2007 (Linn PlNames) 515.
  4. Sell, P. D. & P. F. Yeo 1970. A revision of the North American species of Euphrasia (Scrophulariaceae) Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 63:201.
  5. Silverside, A. J. 1991. The identity of Euphrasia officinalis L. and its nomenclatural implications (Watsonia) 18:343-350.
  6. Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. Flora europaea. (F Eur)
  7. Yeo, P. F. 1978. A taxonomic revision of Euphrasia in Europe Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 144:237.

Check other web resources for Euphrasia officinalis L. :

  • Flora Europaea: Database of European Plants (ESFEDS)
  • 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. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=16423. Accessed 25 March 2019.