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Taxon: Buglossoides arvensis (L.) I. M. Johnst.

Genus: Buglossoides
Family: Boraginaceae subfamily: Boraginoideae
Nomen number: 105293
Place of publication: J. Arnold Arbor. 35:42. 1952
Name verified on: 31-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 31-Mar-2012
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
WA(only in small grain)°.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

Common names:

  • corn gromwell   (Source: Websters Dict [as Lithospermum arvense]) – English
  • field gromwell   (Source: Websters Dict [as Lithospermum arvense]) – English
  • pigeonweed   (Source: Websters Dict [as Lithospermum arvense]) – English
  • take-all-weed   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • white ironweed   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • grémil des champs   (Source: L Noms French ed7 [as Lithospermum arvense]) – French
  • Acker-Steinsame   (Source: Zander Ency [as Lithospermum arvense]) – German
  • aljofareira   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005 [as Lithospermum arvense]) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • sminkrot   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide F Turk)

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Algeria [n.]; Egypt [n.]; Morocco; Tunisia
    Western Asia: Afghanistan; Egypt - Sinai; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Georgia
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Western Siberia
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    China: China
    Eastern Asia: Japan
    Indian Subcontinent: India [n.]; Nepal; Pakistan
    Northern Europe: Finland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Romania; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]

  • widely naturalized


  • Ali, S. I. & S. M. H. Jafri, eds. 1976–. Flora of Libya.
  • Bennett, M. 2003. Pulmonarias and the Borage family. 90.
  • Czerepanov, S. K. 1995. Vascular plants of Russia and adjacent states (the former USSR).
  • Davis, P. H., ed. 1965–1988. Flora of Turkey and the east Aegean islands.
  • Demilly, D. et al. 2001. Liste alphabétique des principales espèces de plantes cultivées et de mauvaises herbes. Noms latins et noms français, ed. 7.
  • Euro+Med Editorial Committee. Euro+Med Plantbase: the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity (on-line resource).
  • Greuter, W. et al., eds. 1984–. Med-Checklist. [= Lithospermum arvense L.].
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. [re. Brazilian common names].
  • Integrated Botanical Information System (IBIS). Australian plant common name database (on-line resource).
  • Iwatsuki, K. et al. 1993–. Flora of Japan. [= Lithospermum arvense L.].
  • Izquierdo Z., I. et al., eds. 2004. Lista de especies silvestres de Canarias: hongos, plantas y animales terrestres.
  • Johnston, I. M. 1954. Studies in the Boraginaceae, XXVI. Further revaluation of the genera of the Lithospermeae. J. Arnold Arbor. 35:42–43.
  • Komarov, V. L. et al., eds. 1934–1964. Flora SSSR. [= Lithospermum arvense L.].
  • Mouterde, P. 1966–. Nouvelle flore du Liban et de la Syrie. [= Lithospermum arvense L.].
  • Ohwi, J. 1965. Flora of Japan (Engl. ed.).
  • Pignatti, S. 1982. Flora d'Italia.
  • Rechinger, K. H., ed. 1963–. Flora iranica. [= Lithospermum arvense L.].
  • Retief, E. & A. E. Van Wyk. 2002. The genus Buglossoides (Boraginaceae) in southern Africa. Bothalia 32:9–13.
  • Seed Regulatory and Testing Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S.D.A. State noxious-weed seed requirements recognized in the administration of the Federal Seed Act (updated annually). [= Lithospermum].
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1964–1980. Flora europaea.
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition). [= Lithospermum arvense L.].
  • Zohary, M. & N. Feinbrun-Dothan. 1966–. Flora palaestina.
  • Webster's third new international dictionary. [= Lithospermum arvense].


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