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Taxon: Moricandia arvensis (L.) DC.

Genus: Moricandia
Family: Brassicaceae (alt. Cruciferae) tribe: Brassiceae
Nomen number: 417446
Place of publication: Syst. nat. 2:626. 1821
Name verified on: 18-Jul-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 18-Jul-2010
No species priority site assigned.


See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: cytoplasmic male sterility for mustard   (fide Biol Breed Crucifer 120-122. 2009, for Brassica juncea)
  • Gene sources: cytoplasmic male sterility for rape   (fide Biol Breed Crucifer 118. 2009, for Brassica napus)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of cabbage/kale   (fide Euphytica 158:213. 2007, citing one successful hybridization study with Brassica oleracea)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of mustard   (based on crosses as female parent with Brassica juncea and low hybrid production fide Euphytica 69:157, 158. 1993)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of radish   (fide Wild Crop Rel Oils 12:193. 2011)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of rape   (based on crosses as female parent with Brassica napus and hybrid production through ovary culture fide Euphytica 69:157, 158. 1993)

Distributional range:

    Northern Africa: Algeria; Libya [n.]; Morocco; Tunisia
    Southeastern Europe: Greece [s.w.]; Italy [incl. Sicily]; Malta
    Southwestern Europe: Spain [incl. Baleares]

    Macaronesia: Spain - Canary Islands
    Southeastern Europe: Italy - Sardinia
    Southwestern Europe: France [s.]


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson. 2009. Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin).
  • Ali, S. I. & S. M. H. Jafri, eds. 1976–. Flora of Libya.
  • Botanical Society of the British Isles. BSBI taxon database (on-line resource).
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • 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.
  • Jahandiez, E. & R. Maire. 1931–1941. Catalogue des plantes du Maroc.
  • Jalas, J. & J. Suominen. 1972–. Atlas florae europaeae.
  • Pottier-Alapetite, G. 1979–1981. Flore de la Tunisie: Angiospermes-Dicotyledones.
  • Prakash, S. et al. 1998. A Moricandia arvensis based cytoplasmic male sterility and fertility restoration system in Brassica juncea. Theor. Appl. Genet. 97:488–492.
  • Prakash, S., S. R. Bhat & T.-D. Fu. 2009. Chapter 7. Wild germplasm and male sterility. Pp. 113–128 in: Gupta, S. K., Biology and breeding of Crucifers.
  • Quézel, P. & S. Santa. 1962–1963. Nouvelle flore de l'Algerie.
  • Tahir, M. & R. Watts. 2011. Moricandia. In: Kole, C., ed., Wild crop relatives: genomic and breeding resources, oilseeds 12:191–197.
  • Takahata, Y. & T. Takeda. 1990. Intergeneric (intersubtribe) hybridization between Moricandia arvensis and Brassica A and B genome species by ovary culture. Theor. Appl. Genet. 80:38–42.
  • Takahata, Y. et al. 1993. Wide hybridization between Moricandia arvensis and Brassica amphidiploid species (B. napus and B. juncea). Euphytica 69:155–160.
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1993. Flora europaea, second edition.


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