Cochlearia danica

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Cochlearia danica
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Cochlearia
C. danica
Binomial name
Cochlearia danica

Cochlearia danica, or Danish scurvygrass,[1] is a flowering plant of the genus Cochlearia in the family Brassicaceae.

A salt-tolerant (normally) coastal plant which is now flourishing along roads and motorways in Europe, especially under the crash barriers in the central reservation. Its success has been attributed to its ability to survive the effects of salts distributed by gritters in winter and its small seeds being spread by the high speed of cars in the fast lane.[2]

Full of vitamin C, it gets its name from sailors chewing it to avoid scurvy. The mauve flowers are 4-5mm in diameter.[3]

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  1. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ Danish scurvy grass thrives in gritted road conditions BBC News Wales, 21 January 2013
  3. ^ Danish Scurvy Grass, Plant, accessed February 2011