Syn.: Crambe litwinowii K. Gross
Family: Brassicaceae Burnett

Crambe tataria

Distribution: Pannonian region of central Europe and eastern Europe, western Asia – from southern Moravia through Ciscaucasia and Turkey to southwestern Siberia.

Ecology: It grows on dry, sunny slopes and steppes. It blooms from May to June. Anemochorous plant – it is cut off at the base by wind and then the whole plant is dispersed like the steppe runners by wind.

Crambe tataria

Description: Perennial herb, up to 150 cm tall, subglabrous to densely hispid. Lower leaves petiolate, pinnatifid to pinnatisect, gray-green, the ultimate divisions obtuse, primary segments ovate to triangular in outline. Flowers in a panicle, small, fragrant, petals (3–)3.5–6 mm, white. Fruit is a silicula.

Threat and protection: The species is protected by law in Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Romania.

Use: The leaves are eaten as a vegetable, the root has a taste similar to horseradish.

Note: The genus Crambe contains about 35 species which are found in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

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These images were taken in Czechia, Moravia, Čejkovické Špidláky and Pouzdřanská step (from 11. 5. to 9. 8. 2003).