Camelina sativa (L.) Crantz
falseflax (gold-of-pleasure)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Robert Flogaus-Faust     (Photo ID #85526)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Camelina sativa
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Species Information

Annual herb from a taproot; stems 0.3-1.0 m tall, simple or sometimes branched, glabrous, or if sparsely hairy then the simple hairs not exceeding the starlike hairs.
Basal leaves few, soon deciduous; stem leaves lanceolate to oblanceolate, nearly entire, 2-8 cm long, short-stalked or unstalked, mostly glabrous or only slightly hairy, upper leaves lanceolate or linear-oblong, unstalked, with earlike lobes at the base.
In elongated racemes; flower stalks slender, ascending-spreading, 10-25 (30) mm long; petals white to pale yellow, 4-5 mm long; sepals 2-3 mm long.
Silicles, 7-9 mm long, 5-6 (7) mm wide, nearly squared-off at tip; styles 2-2.5 mm long; seeds 1-2 mm long, pale yellow-brown.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Camelina sativa

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)
799 655 1000
Slope Gradient (%)
38 12 64

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

167 75 223
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 2 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

IDF(1), PP(6)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to dry roadsides, fields and waste places in the lowland and steppe zones; rare in SC BC and S Vancouver Island; introduced from Eurasia. Description

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia