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Camelina microcarpa Andrz. ex DC.
littlepod flax (hairy flax; littlepod false flax)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems 0.3-1.0 m tall, simple or sometimes branched, conspicuously hairy at the base with simple and branched to starlike hairs, little branched and usually glabrous above.
Basal leaves few, soon deciduous; stem leaves lanceolate to oblanceolate, nearly entire, 2-8 cm long, short-stalked or unstalked, the tips sharp-pointed to long-pointed, upper leaves arrowhead-shaped with earlike lobes at the base, hairs similar to that of the stems.
In elongated, often compound racemes; flower stalks slender, ascending-spreading, 10-15 (17) mm long; petals white to pale yellow, 4-5 mm long; sepals about 3 mm long.
Silicles, egg-shaped, 4-7 (8) mm long, 3-5 mm wide, obtuse at tip; styles 2-2.5 mm long; seeds mostly 0.8-1 mm long, slightly longer than wide, plump, finely veined and honeycombed, reddish-brown.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry roadsides, fields and waste places in the steppe and montane zones; infrequent in SW, SC and NE BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Camelina microcarpa

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 531 938 1537
Slope Gradient (%) 9 31 70
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
27 197 340
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(5), IDF(14), PP(10)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Camelina sativa subsp. microcarpa (Andrz. ex DC.) E. Schmid

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