Crambe L.

Annual or perennial herbs sometimes woody at the base, hairless or with branched hairs. Leaves mostly fleshy, waxy blue, often large and variously divided. Flowers small with white petals; stamens usually with a tooth-like protrusion. Fruit a silicula, stalked (gynophore), with 2 transverse joints forming a lower sterile segment and an upper segment round with a single hanging seed.


Several species are grown as vegetables, eaten as boiled, blanched shoots.

Inner stamens with toothed filaments cf. Aubrieta; upper segment of pendulous fruit rounded and with single seed; style absent.

About 20 species from Canary Islands to W Asia.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Brassicaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Brassicales
family       Brassicaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Crambe cordifolia Stev.