Ricotia aegyptiaca L.


Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Ricotia

Description: 

From Bot. Reg. The seed should be sown in a sheltered border, where the plants are to remain. This will come up in the autumn, and the plants will flower early in the summer. It may be also sown in the spring; when the plants will flower later.

History: 

Cultivated in 1757 by Philip Miller.

Published in Sp. Pl., ed. 2 2: 912 in 1763.

The name is unresolved (PlantList) but is probably a synonym of Ricotia lunaria (L.) DC. (based on Syst. Nat. (Candolle) vol. 2 page 284).

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 49 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. An annual plant, by no means common, although of long standing in our gardens, having been cultivated in 1757 by Miller; who says that it had been brought a few years before from Egypt to the royal gardens at Paris. Very like the common annual or mediterranean Stock.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Lunaria aegyptiaca Mill. - unresolved (PlantList) but likely a synonym.

Lunaria ricotia Gaertn. - probably a synonym of Ricotia lunaria (L.) DC. (based on Syst. Nat. [Candolle] vol. 2 page 284).

Cardamine lunaria L. - basionym of Ricotia lunaria (L.) DC. (based on Syst. Nat. [Candolle] vol. 2 page 284)


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