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Raphanus raphanistrum - L.

Common Name Wild Radish
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A weed of fields and pastures[9, 17], usually on sandy non-calcareous soils[13]
Range Europe, including Britain, from Norway south to N. Africa.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Raphanus raphanistrum Wild Radish


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Raphanus raphanistrum Wild Radish
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Raphanus raphanistrum is a ANNUAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
It is not frost tender. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies.
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 moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves  Oil  Seed  Seedpod
Edible Uses: Condiment  Oil

Young leaves - raw or cooked[2, 105]. A somewhat hot taste, they are finely cut and added to salads or used as a potherb[183]. It is best to use just the young leaves in spring, older leaves soon become bitter[9]. Seed - raw or cooked. A very pungent flavour, the seed can be ground into a powder and made into a paste when it is an excellent substitute for mustard[2, 9, 115, 183]. The sprouted seeds have a somewhat hot spicy flavour and are a tasty addition to salads[183]. Flowers - raw. A nice addition to salads. The flower buds are used as a broccoli substitute, they should be lightly steamed for no more than 5 minutes[9]. Young seedpods - raw. Crisp and juicy, they must be eaten when young because they quickly become tough and fibrous[K]. An edible oil is obtained from the seed[115].

Medicinal Uses

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Antirheumatic

Antirheumatic[13].

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Other Uses

Oil

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Prefers a rich soil with ample moisture[16, 52]. Dislikes very heavy soils[37]. This plant is a host of an eelworm that attacks cultivated crops[13]. This species is possibly the original source of the cultivated radish, R. sativus[46]. The flowers are very attractive to bees[108].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Raphanus landraRadishAnnual0.8 -  LMHSNM20 
Raphanus maritimaSea RadishBiennial0.8 -  LMHSNM20 
Raphanus sativusRadish, Cultivated radishAnnual0.5 0-0 FLMHSNM430
Raphanus sativus caudatusRat-Tail RadishAnnual0.0 7-10  LMHSNM33 
Raphanus sativus nigerOriental RadishAnnual0.5 - FLMHSNM43 
Raphanus sativus oleiformisFodder RadishAnnual0.5 - FLMHSNM33 

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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Botanical References

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Ana Castro   Tue May 7 14:31:47 2002

The portuguese common name is: Saramago

Stephen Mifsud   Tue Feb 25 11:43:18 2003

Link: Malta Wild Plants Online Database Botanical data, Information and high quality photos

   Thu Apr 21 13:30:46 2005

Harakanheinä = Magpie-hay Harakannauris = Magpie-turnip Istukas = Steckling, Plantlet Koirannnauris = Dog-turnip Linnunnauris = Bird-turnip ... Naurisheinä = Turnip-hay Pamppu = Truncheon Pamppuheinii = Truncheo-hays (dialect) Peldosinappi = Field-mustard Peltokaali = Field-cabbage Pitkäsenkylvö = The sow of lightning (old word for lightning) Pitkäsenpalko = Lightning-pod Pölkkyheinä = Block-hay Reikas Retikka Rietikka Rytkä Rääpäkkä = Radish (different forms) Ukkosennauris = Thunder-turnip ... Villikaali = Wild Cabbage Villinauris = Wild Turnip

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