E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Erucastrum gallicum (Willd.) O.E. Schulz
dog mustard (common dogmustard)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

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Species Information

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Annual or sometimes biennial herb from a taproot; stems simple to freely branched, 15-80 cm tall more or less stiff, long-hairy, the hairs pointed down the stem.
Deeply pinnately lobed, margins often wavy, 3-20 cm long.
Racemes open and elongate, bracteate, the lower leaf-like; flower stalks less than 1 cm long, slender, ascending; petals pale yellow, 4-7 mm long.
Siliques, 1-4.5 cm long, about 1.5 mm wide; beaks 1.5-3 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry fields and waste places in the montane zone; rare in S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Erucastrum gallicum

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) 1820 1820 1820
Slope Gradient (%) 15 15 15
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
90 90 90
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 5 5
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: ESSF(1)


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

Brassica erucastrum L.

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