Cerinthe L.

Cerinthe is a genus with 10 species native in Europe (mainly Central- and East-) and the Mediterranean region. Perhaps only two species are economically more or less important: Cerinthe major is cultivated as an ornamental and C. minor is sometimes weedy in cultivated fields.

Additional alien: Cerinthe major L. (Medit., SW-Eur., vector unknown).


Domac R. (1972) Cerinthe. In: Tutin T.G. & al. (eds.), Flora Europaea, vol. 3. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 94-95.

Selvi F., Cecchi L. & Coppi A. (2009) Phylogeny, karyotype evolution and taxonomy of Cerinthe L. (Boraginaceae) Taxon 58(4): 1307-1325.

Van Ooststroom S.J. & Reichgelt Th.J. (1961) Boraginaceae. In: van Ooststroom S.J. & al. (eds.), Flora Neerlandica, vol. 4(1). KNBV, Amsterdam: 92-140.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith