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Matthiola longipetala   (Night-scented Stock)

Matthiola longipetala  (BRASSICACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 2-Jan-2020)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2-Jan-2020) Matthiola longipetala retrieved from on 21-Sep-2021

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Matthiola longipetala(Vent.) DC.
Published in Reg. Veg. Syst. Nat. 2: 174 (1821)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Cheiranthus longipetalus
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) :

Night-scented Stock, Evening Scent

Maltese name(s) :

Giżi ta' lejl

Status for Malta :

Casual or accidental alien. Species that was introduced in Malta rather recently and normally it is short-lived or resticted to small populations for a short time, without becoming widespread or invasive.

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 at present

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

April – June

Colour of Flowers:

Pink or Violet

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 )

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Escapee in roadsides, footpaths, wasteground and areas close to its source of cultivation.
Botanical Description: Annual, rarely overwintering, up to 50 cm. Lower leaves sinuate-dentate to pinnatifid. Lower pedicels not more than 3 mm in fruit. Sepals 8-12 mm; petals 15-25 x 2-7 mm; nectaries filiform. Siliqua 50-150 x 1-2(-2.5) mm, cylindrical; horns 2-10 mm.
Distributional range: C. & S. Greece, S. Aegean region

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Greece, Introduced in  Russia and former USSR
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
AE Ag Cy Eg Gr IJ Li LS Ma Sn Tn Tu(A) [Cs Es Hu La Lt Mo Rf Rm Uk(K U)]

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Species Images (7 images)
   Matthiola longipetala   -   Image Code: MTHLP-0.
   Matthiola longipetala   -   Image Code: MTHLP-1.
   Matthiola longipetala   -   Image Code: MTHLP-2.
   Matthiola longipetala   -   Image Code: MTHLP-3.
   Matthiola longipetala   -   Image Code: MTHLP-4.
   Matthiola longipetala   -   Image Code: MTHLP-5.
   Matthiola longipetala   -   Image Code: MTHLP-6.

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