Moricandia arvensis (L.) DC.


Genus: Moricandia

Catalan common name: Colletxó.

Spanish common name: Collejón.

Province distribution: Alacant. Balearic Islands. Barcelona. Girona. Tarragona. València.

Distribution in the islands: Mallorca. Ibiza.

General distribution (Phytogeography): South Mediterranean

IUCN Category: LCLeast concern

Flowering time: JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Life-forms: Chameophyte.

Habitats: Cultivated fields, path and road sides, disturbed zones. Cultivated fields, path and road sides, disturbed zones.

Characteristics: A herbaceous plant that is very well-branched at the base, and reaching up to a half a metre in height, lives along rthe borders of paths and roads, seeking warm areas. Is characterized by its light green coloured leaves, margin entire, with a heart-shaped base hugging the stem. Flowers are red to reddish violet in colour. The fruit are large siliques that remain more less perpendicular to the stem. Flowers during the second half of the spring.