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Arabidopsis thaliana - (L.)Heynh.

Common Name Thale Cress, Mouseear cress
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Walls and banks, hedgerows and waste places, and on dry soils[17].
Range Most of Europe, including Britain, south and east to N. Africa and temperate Asia to Japan.
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Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Arabidopsis thaliana Thale Cress, Mouseear cress


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Arabidopsis thaliana Thale Cress, Mouseear cress
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Summary

Thale Cress or Mouse-ear cress is an annual flowering plant found on walls and banks, hedgerows and waste places. It has minor medicinal uses. It is a useful model plant for understanding the genetic, cellular, and molecular biology of flowering plants. Also known as arabidopsis


Physical Characteristics

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Arabidopsis thaliana is a ANNUAL/BIENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). It is in flower from April to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Arabis thaliana.

Habitats

 Hedgerow; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Mouthwash

The plant is used to cure sores in the mouth[240].

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Other Uses

Widely used for studying plant sciences, including genetics, evolution, population genetics, and plant development. Although A. thaliana has little direct significance for agriculture, it has several traits that make it a useful model for understanding the genetic, cellular, and molecular biology of flowering plants.

Cultivation details

We have no specific information on the cultivation needs of this species. It will probably grow best in a reasonably sunny position, tolerating dry and poor soils. Please see the plants native habitat for further ideas on its cultivation needs[K].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant can be weedy or invasive. Noted as a weed in Kentucky, US.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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(L.)Heynh.

Botanical References

17

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Readers comment

Donald Heskett   Fri Jun 23 2006

It should be noted that this plant is very widely used in botanical research.

Kim Gibson   Sun Oct 22 2006

I agree with Donald. The 'Other Uses' section should be updated and include a discussion of the fact that this is the lab-rat of the plant sciences. The entire genome has been sequenced which has allowed for genetic, molecular, and biochemical studies. The Arabidopsis genome has been used as a reference point for other plants whose genomes have yet to be sequenced. The small size of the genome, short lifespan, and ease of growth of Arabidopsis makes it a good plant to use for general botanical research.

The Arabidopsis Information Resource "Database of genetic and molecular data" for Arabidopsis

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