Alyssum

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Alyssum
Alyssum montanum
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Brassicales
Family:Brassicaceae
Genus:Alyssum
L.
Species

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Alyssum
Alyssum montanum
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
(unranked):Angiosperms
(unranked):Eudicots
(unranked):Rosids
Order:Brassicales
Family:Brassicaceae
Genus:Alyssum
L.
Species

See text

Alyssum is a genus of about 100–170 species of flowering plants in the family Brassicaceae, native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean region. The genus comprises annual and perennial herbaceous plants or (rarely) small shrubs, growing to 10–100 cm tall, with oblong-oval leaves and yellow or white flowers (pink to purple in a few species).

The genera Lobularia and Aurinia are closely related to Alyssum and were formerly included in it. The widely cultivated species popularly known as "sweet alyssum" is Lobularia maritima. The common rockery plant is Aurinia saxatilis.

Alyssum foliage is used as food by the caterpillars of certain Lepidoptera, including the Gem (Orthonama obstipata).

Selected species[edit]

Alyssum murale
  • Alyssum alpestre
  • Alyssum alyssoides
  • Alyssum arenarium
  • Alyssum argenteum
  • Alyssum atlanticum
  • Alyssum baeticum
  • Alyssum bertolonii
  • Alyssum borzaeanum
  • Alyssum cadevallianum
  • Alyssum caliacrae
  • Alyssum calycocarpum
  • Alyssum campostre
  • Alyssum canescens
  • Alyssum corsicum
  • Alyssum corymbosoides
  • Alyssum cuneifolium
  • Alyssum dasycarpum
  • Alyssum densistellatum
  • Alyssum desertorum
  • Alyssum diffusum
  • Alyssum doerfleri
  • Alyssum euboeum
  • Alyssum fallacinum
  • Alyssum fastigiatum
  • Alyssum fedtschenkoanum
  • Alyssum fischeranum
  • Alyssum foliosum
  • Alyssum fragillimum
  • Alyssum fulvescens
  • Alyssum granatense
  • Alyssum gustavssonii
  • Alyssum handelii
  • Alyssum heldreichii
  • Alyssum heterotrichum
  • Alyssum hirsutum
  • Alyssum homalocarpum
  • Alyssum idaeum
  • Alyssum lanceolatum
  • Alyssum lapeyrousianum
  • Alyssum lassiticum
  • Alyssum lenense
  • Alyssum ligusticum
  • Alyssum linifolium
  • Alyssum longicaule
  • Alyssum longistylum
  • Alyssum macrocarpum
  • Alyssum marginatum
  • Alyssum markgrafii
  • Alyssum minus
  • Alyssum minutum
  • Alyssum moellendorfianum
  • Alyssum montanum
  • Alyssum murale
  • Alyssum nebrodense
  • Alyssum nevadense
  • Alyssum obovatum
  • Alyssum obtusifolium
  • Alyssum ovirense
  • Alyssum pulvinare
  • Alyssum purpureum
  • Alyssum pyrenaicum
  • Alyssum repens
  • Alyssum reverchonii
  • Alyssum robertianum
  • Alyssum rostratum
  • Alyssum scardicum
  • Alyssum serpyllifolium
  • Alyssum sibiricum
  • Alyssum siculum
  • Alyssum simplex
  • Alyssum smolikanum
  • Alyssum smyrnaeum
  • Alyssum sphacioticum
  • Alyssum spinosum
  • Alyssum stapfii
  • Alyssum stribrnyi
  • Alyssum szowitsianum
  • Alyssum tavolarae
  • Alyssum taygeteum
  • Alyssum tenium
  • Alyssum tenuifolium
  • Alyssum tortuosum
  • Alyssum turkestanicum
  • Alyssum umbellatum
  • Alyssum wierzbickii
  • Alyssum wulfenianum

Formerly included[edit]