Taxonomy

Camelina sativa | Gold-of-pleasure | Caimilín

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Archaeophyte

Species Biology

Habitat

Waste places

Life cycle

Annual

Ex-situ conservation

Not known

Use

Food crop

Vegetative nature

Herbaceous

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

It has been traditionally cultivated as an oilseed crop to produce vegetable oil and animal feed. There is ample archaeological evidence to show it has been grown in Europe for at least 3,000 years. The crop is now being researched due to its exceptionally high levels (up to 45%) of omega-3 fatty acids, which is uncommon in vegetable sources.