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Useful Temperate Plants

Barbarea grayi

Hewson

Brassicaceae


This species has been confused with Barbarea australis, a species growing in Tasmania. Until 1982, with the publication of volume 8 of the Flora of Australia, the two species were treated as one[
286
Title
Flora of Australia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/abrs/abif/flora/
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Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
The full information from the Flora of Australia - on-line. An excellent resource.
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+ Synonyms

Common Name: Native Wintercress

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General Information

Barbarea grayi is an erect, annual to biennial plant growing up to 90cm tall[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.

Range

Australia - New South Wales, Victoria.

Habitat

Wettish land in the montane and sub-alpine zones.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitBiennial/Perennial
Height0.45 m
PollinatorsFlies, bees, Beetles, Self
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Barbarea grayi is found in the montane zone of Victoria and New South Wales, where it can experience frost and snow.
Succeeds in sun or shade in a moist well-drained soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
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Edible Uses

Young leaves - raw or cooked[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
,
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption.
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
]. This report was for Barbarea australis, but almost certainly applies to this related species as well[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Medicinal

The leaves are antiscorbutic[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
]. This report was for Barbarea australis, but almost certainly applies to this related species as well[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ in early spring to early summer.
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