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Brassica rapa trilocularis - (Roxb.)Hanelt.

Common Name Indian Colza
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in the wild.
Range A cultivated form of B. rapa.
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Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Brassica rapa trilocularis Indian Colza


Brassica rapa trilocularis Indian Colza

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Brassica rapa trilocularis is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7 and is not frost tender. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Oil  Oil
Edible Uses: Oil  Oil

Leaves - raw or cooked. Used as a vegetable or fermented and stored for winter use[272]. A bit on the coarse side, though the young leaves can be added in moderation to salads whilst older leaves make an acceptable vegetable[K]. An edible oil is obtained from the seeds. It is used for cooking[272].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Lighting  Oil  Oil

The oil from the seed is used for lighting[272]. The seed husks are used in plastering house walls[272].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in full sun in a well-drained fertile preferably alkaline soil[200]. Prefers a light sandy soil and dislikes a heavy soil[37]. Prefers cool moist growing conditions[16]. Succeeds in any reasonable soil. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.3 to 8.3. Indian colza is cultivated mainly in India and Nepal for its oil-rich seeds.

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Propagation

Seed - sow in situ April to September[206]. Some varieties can also be sown in a cold greenhouse in late autumn, winter or early spring to provide leaves overwinter and in late spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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