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Camelina microcarpa
Camelina microcarpa
Camelina microcarpa (Littlepod False Flax)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Disturbed areas, fields. Spring, summer.
Near Yellow Jacket Canyon, May 27, 2015.

Camelina microcarpa is native to southeast Europe and the Middle East. It is an annual that spreads in thick patches in fields and roadsides from low to middle elevations.

Heinrich Crantz named the Camelina genus in the late 1700s and Antoni Andrezejowski named this species in 1821. Greek gives us "chamai" ("on the ground") and "linon" ("flax"), because of the plant's presence as a weed in flax fields.

Camelina microcarpa
Camelina microcarpa (Littlepod False Flax)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Disturbed areas, fields. Spring, summer.
Near Yellow Jacket Canyon, May 27, 2015.

Long-pedicled, yellow-to-white flower petals just protrude beyond sepals.

 

Camelina microcarpa (Littlepod False Flax)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Disturbed areas, fields. Spring, summer.
Near Yellow Jacket Canyon, May 27, 2015.

 

Camelina microcarpa

Camelina microcarpa (Littlepod False Flax)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Disturbed areas, fields. Spring, summer.
Near Yellow Jacket Canyon, May 27, 2015.

Leaves are often nearly vertical and clasp the stem, sometime with ear-like lobes giving the whole leaf an arrow (sagittate) shape.

 

Camelina microcarpa

Camelina microcarpa (Littlepod False Flax)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Semi-desert, foothills, montane. Disturbed areas, fields. Spring, summer.
Near Yellow Jacket Canyon, May 27, 2015.

Leaves and stems are often quite hairy with a mixture of straight and forked hairs.

 

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Camelina microcarpa

Range map for Camelina microcarpa