by Stephen Mifsud
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Matthiola incana subsp. incana   (Hoary Stocks)

Matthiola incana subsp. incana  (BRASSICACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 2-Jan-2020)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2-Jan-2020) Matthiola incana subsp. incana retrieved from on 27-Oct-2021

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Matthiola incana subsp. incana(L.) R. Brown
Published in Hort. Kew. ed. 2, 4: 119 (1812)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Matthiola glabra
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Brassicaceae Juss. (=Cruciferae) (The Mustard or Cress Family)
47 species from the Brassicaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Hoary Stocks, Tenweek's Stock, Brampton Stock

Maltese name(s) :


Status for Malta :

Naturalised Alien. Species that was introduced in Malta after year 1492 (Columbus' discovery of the New World) and spreads and integrates to form established, non-invasive populations. Species may become become invasive if it widespreads rapidly.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: CHAMEOPHYTE ( dwarf or small woody shrubs )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (25/Sep/2021)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

February – May

Colour of Flowers:


Name Derivation :

Matthiola: "A Genus name given to stocks which is derived from the name of the Italian botanist and physician Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1500 - 1577). Further info : [ link 1] [link 2]". (Latin origin )
incana subsp. incana:

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Botanical Description: Plant densely white-tomentose to subglabrous. Lower leaves 5-22 mm wide, linear-lanceolate, rarely oblong-lanceolate, obtuse or subacute. Sepals 9-13 mm.
Chromosome number: 2n=14

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
? dAE Al Ar Az BH dBl(I M N) Br Ct Ga(F) dGr dHs Hs(S) It Sa Si(M S) Sl SM dTu(A E) [nCa(C G L P T) Cr Li Lu Ma Uk(K)]

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Species Images (12 images)
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-0.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-1.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-2.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-3.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-4.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-5.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-6.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-7.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-8.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-9.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-10.
   Matthiola incana subsp. incana   -   Image Code: MTHIN-11.

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