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

Valerianella locusta (L.) Lat.
cornsalad (Lewiston cornsalad)
Caprifoliaceae (Valerian family)
(Previously in Valerianaceae)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems ascending to erect, solitary, simple to branched, sparsely bristly-hairy, 10-40 cm tall.
Basal leaves few, spoon-shaped, soon deciduous; stem leaves opposite, lowermost widely lanceolate with stalks, others stalkless and more oblong, entire or somewhat irregularly toothed on uppermost leaves, 1-7 cm long, 3-18 mm wide, coarsely fringed and short-hairy.
Inflorescence of several terminal flowers; corollas white, 1.5-2 mm long, lobed, the lobes bluish, about equal to the tube; calyces usually lacking; stamens 3.
Achenes, 2-4 mm long, 3-chambered, 2 chambers sterile, the fertile chamber bearing a thick, corky mass on the back.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry woodlands, meadows, roadsides, fields and waste places in the lowland zone; rare in S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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

Valerianella olitoria (L.) Pollich

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