ⓘ Crambe


ⓘ Crambe

Crambe is a genus of about 20 species of annual and perennial flowering plants in the cabbage family Brassicaceae, native to a variety of habitats in Europe, Turkey, southwest and central Asia and eastern Africa. They carry dense racemes of tiny white or yellow flowers on stems above the basal leaves.

The word "crambe" derives, via the Latin crambe, from the Greek κράμβη, of cabbage.

The genus includes among its species:-

  • Crambe maritima seakale, a halophyte sometimes used as a leaf vegetable.
  • Crambe cordifolia, an herbaceous perennial.
  • Crambe abyssinica, grown for an oil from the seeds that has similar characteristics to whale oil.

Crambe species are used as food plants by the larvae of the weevil Lixus canescens Coleoptera and some Lepidoptera species including lime-speck pug.