Alyssum L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 661 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is N. Africa, Temp. Eurasia.


Native to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Altay, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, Central European Russia, China North-Central, Chita, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Irkutsk, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Manchuria, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, North Caucasus, North European Russia, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, South European Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Chile Central, Chile South, Colorado, Connecticut, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Japan, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Dakota, Northwest European Russia, Norway, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Primorye, Québec, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Sweden, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Španiel, S. & al. (2015). AlyBase: database of names, chromosome numbers, and ploidy levels of Alysseae (Brassicaceae), with a new generic concept of the tribe. Plant Systematics and Evolution 301: 2463-2491.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1968 Mitchell [s.n.] Lebanon K000318388 No
Jan 1, 1968 Hayne, W.A. [s.n.] Lebanon K000318386 No
Jan 1, 1962 Heldreich [s.n.] Greece K000484606 Type Yes
Jan 1, 1962 Davis, P.H. [6043A] Lebanon K000318390 Yes
Jan 1, 1962 s.coll. [754] Greece K000484605 Type Yes
Jan 1, 1962 Manisadjan [50] Turkey K000697009 Type Yes
Aug 1, 1961 Aucher-Eloy [258] Iran K000484954 Isotype Yes
May 9, 1961 Meinertzhagen, R. [s.n.] Lebanon K000318389 No
Dudley, T. [D.34841] Turkey K001634759 Yes
van der Maesen, L.J.G.; Maesen-van den Brink, M.J.R van der [1845] Iran K001622713 Yes
Kotschy, T. [284] Turkey K000484995 Isotype Yes
Pavillon, [s.n.] Armenia K000697013 Isotype Yes
Townsend, C.C. [74/25] Lebanon K000318387 Yes


  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.