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Taxon: Camelina sativa (L.) Crantz

Genus: Camelina
Family: Brassicaceae (alt. Cruciferae) tribe: Camelineae
Nomen number: 8700
Place of publication: Stirp. austr. fasc. 1:17. 1762; ed. 2, 1:18. 1769
Name verified on: 03-Apr-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 03-Apr-2012
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).
Accessions: 46 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.

Common names:

  • big-seed false flax   (Source: Names Beetle ) – English
  • false flax   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • German-sesame   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – English
  • gold-of-pleasure   (Source: Pl Book ) – English
  • ya ma ji   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • caméline   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – French
  • caméline ciliée   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • lin bâtard   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – French
  • sesame d'Allemagne   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – French
  • Leindotter   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • camellina   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Italian
  • dorella   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Italian
  • drodetta   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Italian
  • nagami-no-ama-nazuna   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • camelina   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • ryžik   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Transliterated Russian
  • camelina pilosa   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • oljedådra   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Human food: potential as oil/fat   (fide Havel 1995)
  • Animal food: fodder   (seeds used in the birdseed trade fide Mabberleys Pl Book)
  • Fuels: potential as petroleum substitute/alcohol   (fide Amer J Pl SciBiotech 1:7. 2007)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of Abyssinian cabbage   (based on protoplast fusion with Brassica carinata fide Pl Cell Reps 13:658, 660. 1994)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Weed CIBA)

Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Turkey [n.w.]
    Caucasus: Armenia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan
    Mongolia: Mongolia
    Indian Subcontinent: India - Jammu and Kashmir; Pakistan [n.]
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Switzerland
    East Europe: Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine - Krym
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Spain [incl. Baleares]

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Northern Africa: Tunisia
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Altay, Buryatia, Chita, Gorno-Altay, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, Kurgan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Tuva, Tyumen, Yakutia-Sakha
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Far East
    China: China - Nei Monggol, Xinjiang [n.]
    Eastern Asia: Japan - Hokkaido, Honshu; Korea
    Australia: Australia - South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia
    Northern Europe: Finland; Norway
    Middle Europe: Poland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Ukraine
    Southeastern Europe: Romania
    Subarctic America: Canada - Northwest Territory, Yukon Territory
    Eastern Canada: Canada - Ontario, Quebec
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nunavut
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - District of Columbia, South Carolina, Virginia
    South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico
    Southern South America: Argentina - Buenos Aires, Cordoba, La Pampa, Santa Fe; Uruguay

    Siberia: Russian Federation - Western Siberia
    Middle Europe: Czech Republic; Poland
    East Europe: Ukraine

  • exact native range in Asia obscure




Check other web resources for Camelina sativa (L.) Crantz:


  • GRIN Images of germplasm accessions.
  • Seeds or fruits: Seed ID Workshop image, from Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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