Practical ecological knowledge for the temperate reader.

Chorispora tenella - Blue mustard

Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard) [E-flora]

"Chorispora tenella is a ANNUAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.
" [PFAF]

"General: Annual herb from a taproot; stems 10-50 cm tall, branched from near base, stalked-glandular and often sparsely stiff-hairy." [IFBC-E-flora]

"Habitat / Range: Dry roadsides and waste places in the steppe zone; frequent in SC BC; introduced from Eurasia." [IFBC-E-flora]

Status: Exotic [E-flora]

Edible Uses

Cultivation & Propagation

"Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1] but it prefers a light well-drained soil in full sun[200]." [PFAF]

"Seed - sow spring in situ[1]." [PFAF]


Chorispora Sp.

"Annual to perennial herb; hairs simple when present; glands multicellular, stalked. Leaf: basal rosetted, petioled, dentate to pinnately lobed; cauline petioled [0], bases not lobed. Inflorescence: elongated. Flower: sepals erect, base sac-like; petals ± purple-blue to white [yellow], clawed. Fruit: silique, linear, cylindric, sessile, indehiscent, segmented, constricted between seeds, breaking at maturity into 1-seeded corky segments, tapered at tip; style 2–15 mm, stigma strongly 2-lobed. Seed:' 5–30, in 1 row, embedded in corky septum cover; wing 0.
11 species: Eurasia. (Latin: from breaking between seeds)" [Jepson]

"A genus of 11 species, herbs, of Central Asia and the Middle East." [Weakley FSMAS]

Local Species;

  1. Chorispora tenella - blue mustard [E-flora]

Uses of Non-local Species

"...introduction of the endophytic bacterium Clavibacter sp. strain Enf12 into Chorispora bungeana plantlets improves their tolerance to chilling stress through enhancement of the antioxidant defense system (Ding et al. 2011 )." [Verma AER]


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