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

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #3647)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Camelina microcarpa
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
938 531 1537
Slope Gradient (%)
31 9 70

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

197 27 340
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 0 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
# 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)

Habitat and Range

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

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Camelina sativa subsp. microcarpa (Andrz. ex DC.) E. Schmid