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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Europe, Macaronesia to China, Tropical African Mountains.

[FTEA]

Cruciferae, Bengt Jonsell (University of Stockholm). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1982

Habit
Annual or (not in E. Africa) perennial herbs, with taproots that in the perennial species are mostly thickened, glabrous to densely hispid with unbranched hairs
Stem
Stems ascending to erect, branching from the base or only from upper parts
Leaves
Leaves membranous or (in perennial species) fleshy, rhombic, elliptic or obovate in outline, simple or variously divided (lyrate- to repeatedly pinnatifid)
Inflorescences
Racemes terminal and axillary, ebracteate, corymbose, with numerous small flowers, in fruit elongate and rather lax
Calyx
Sepals not saccate, oblong, greenish
Corolla
Petals usually white, small but usually longer than the sepals (rarely reduced)
Stamens
Stamens 6, distinctly tetradynamous; filaments of the median stamens mostly with a denticulate appendix
Nectaries
Distinct nectaries between the median filament-bases of each pair; less conspicuous strands of nectarial tissue inside the lateral ones
Ovary
Ovary often on a short but distinct gynophore and consisting of 2 segments, the lower one of about the length and width of the gynophore, the upper one larger, ovoid to narrowly ellipsoid; each segment usually with 1 ovule, only the upper segment developing a seed and forming an indehiscent globose to ellipsoid nutlet
Style
Style very short or sessile
Seeds
Seed faintly sculptured or smooth, yellowish brown, spheroid.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Austria, Baltic States, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Is., Central European Rus, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East European Russia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirgizstan, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Madeira, Morocco, Netherlands, North Caucasus, Northwest European R, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, South European Russi, Spain, Sweden, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Xinjiang, Yugoslavia, Zaïre

Extinct in:

Sardegna, Sicilia

Introduced into:

KwaZulu-Natal, Oregon

Crambe L. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Sp. Pl.: 671 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Prina, A.O. (2009). Taxonomic review of the genus Crambe sect. Crambe (Brassicaceae, Brassiceae) Anales del Jardin Botanico de Madrid 66: 7-24.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • O.E. Schulz in E.P. IV. 105, 70: 228–249 (1919)
  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 301 (1754)
  • Sp. Pl.: 671 (1753)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0