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Taxonavigation: Brassicales
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Brassicales

Familia: Brassicaceae
Tribus: Thlaspideae
Genus: Thlaspi
Thlaspi s.str.:
Species: T. arvense – T. ceratocarpum – T. huetii

Thlaspi s.l.
Species: T. alliaceum – T. alpestre – T. antitauricum – T. apterocarpum – T. armenum – T. arvense – T. bornmuelleri – T. bovis – T. bulbosum – T. caerulescens – T. cappadocicum – T. capricornutum – T. cariense – T. ceratocarpum – T. cilicicum – T. crassifolium – T. crassiusculum – T. crassum – T. dolichocarpum – T. eigii – T. elegans – T. epirotum – T. ferganense – T. freynii – T. goesingense – T. griffithianum – T. hastulatum – T. huetii – T. huber-morathii – T. inhumile – T. japonicum – T. jaubertii – T. kamtschaticum – T. kochianum – T. kotschyanum – T. kurdicum – T. leblebicii – T. lilacinum – T. maassoumii – T. macranthum – T. ochroleucum – T. orbiculatum – T. oxyceras – T. perfoliatum – T. praecox – T. pulvinatum – T. rechingeri – T. roseolum – T. rostratum – T. rosulare – T. rotundifolium – T. stenocarpum – T. syriacum – T. szowitsianum – T. triangulare – T. trinervium – T. umbellatum – T. watsonii – T. zaffranii – T. zangezuricum


Thlaspi L., Sp. Pl. 2: 645 (1753).

Type species: Thlaspi arvense L., Sp. Pl. 2: 646 (1753).

Note: There are two opinions concerning the circumscription of this genus (Koch & Mummenhoff, 2001), but Thlaspi s.str. sensu Meyer (2001), excluding Thlaspi watsonii has gained the widest acceptance - see Discussion Page. See also Esmailbegi et al. (2018) for further work on this genus.

Teruncius Lunell, Amer. Midl. Naturalist 4: 364. (1916)
Thlaspidium Mill. (1754), non Bubani (1901)
Perspicillum Heist. ex Fabr., Enum.: 158. (1759) ; vide Dandy, Ind. Gen. Vasc. Pl. 1753-74 (Regn. Veg.li.) 71 (1967)
Carpoceras A.Rich. Ferussac, Bull. Sc. Nat. & Geol. xxi. 98 (1830), in obs. Bignoniaceae
Carpoceras Link, Handbuch 2: 289 (1831) non A.Rich. (1846)
Type species: Carpoceras sibiricum Link, Handbuch [Link] ii. 289 (1831) = Thlaspi ceratocarpum N.Busch
Thlaspidium Bubani, Fl. Pyren. 3: 213. (1901), non Mill. (1754)

Primary references

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus II: 645. Reference page.

Additional references

Al-Shehbaz, I.A. 2012. A generic and tribal synopsis of Brassicaceae (Cruciferae). Taxon 61(5): 931–954. DOI: 10.1002/tax.615002 JSTOR Reference page.
Al-Shehbaz, I.A. 2014. A synopsis of the genus Noccaea (Coluteocarpeae, Brassicaceae). Harvard Papers in Botany 19(1): 25–51. DOI: 10.3100/hpib.v19iss1.2014.n3 Full text (PDF). Reference page. Aggregates most of the above into an expanded Noccaea (Coluteocarpeae)
Esmailbegi, S., Al-Shehbaz, I.A., Pouch, M., Mandáková, T., Mummenhoff, K., Rahiminejad, M.R., Mirtadzadini, S.M. & Lysak, M.A. 2018. Phylogeny and systematics of the tribe Thlaspideae (Brassicaceae) and the recognition of two new genera. Taxon 67(2): 324–340. DOI: 10.12705/672.4 PDF Reference page.
Koch, M.A. & Mummenhoff, K. 2001. Thlaspi s. str. (Brassicaceae) versus Thlaspi s.l.: morphological and anatomical characters in the light of ITS nrDNA sequence data. Plant Systematics and Evolution 227(3): 209–225. DOI: 10.1007/s006060170049 ResearchGate Reference page.
Meyer, F.K. 2001. Kritische Revision der „Thlaspi“-Arten Europas, Vorderasiens und Afrikas Spezieller Teil. I. Thlaspi L. Haussknechtia 8: 3–42. Reference page.
Özüdoğru, B. & Fırat, M. 2016. Arabis watsonii (PH Davis) FK Mey. : An overlooked cruciferous species from eastern Anatolia and its phylogenetic position. PhytoKeys 75: 57. DOI: 10.3897/phytokeys.75.10568 Full text HTML Reference page.
Warwick, S.I., Francis, A. & Al-Shehbaz, I.A. 2006. Brassicaceae: species checklist and database on CD-Rom. Plant Systematics and Evolution 259(2–4): 249–258. DOI: 10.1007/s00606-006-0422-0 ResearchGate Reference page.


Koch, M.A. et al. 2019. Thlaspi in BrassiBase Tools and biological resources to study characters and traits in the Brassicaceae. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 June 15. To be updated.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Thlaspi. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 31 2017.
Tropicos.org 2017. Thlaspi. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Jan. 31.

Vernacular names
azərbaycanca: Yarğanotu
беларуская: Торбачнік
čeština: penízek
Deutsch: Hellerkräuter
English: Penny-cress
eesti: Litterhein
suomi: Taskuruohot
français: Tabouret
עברית: חופניים
hornjoserbsce: Jětrowka
հայերեն: Շնկոտեմ
қазақша: Қанатжеміс
lietuvių: Čiužutė
Nederlands: Boerenkers
norsk nynorsk: Pengeurtslekta
Diné bizaad: Nááʼnoodǫ́ǫzii
polski: Tobołki
русский: Ярутка
slovenčina: peniažtek
svenska: Skärvfrön
Türkçe: Kuşekmeği, çobandağarcığı
українська: Талабан
中文: 遏蓝菜属

Thlaspi, or pennycress,[1] is a genus of herbs of temperate regions of the Eurasian continent. They occur in Central and South Europe, South-West Asia and two species are endemic to China. The Thlaspi has been proven to be a hyperaccumulator of heavy metals such as zinc and cadmium and therefore may be used in phytoremediation initiatives.[2]
Thlaspi arvense

Thlaspi alliaceum [d] – roadside penny-cress
Thlaspi arcticum – arctic penny-cress
Thlaspi arvense – field penny-cress
Thlaspi caerulescens – alpine penny-cress
Thlaspi californicum – Kneeland Prairie penny-cress
Thlaspi cyprium – Cyprus penny-cress
Thlaspi fendleri – Fendler's penny-cress
Thlaspi idahoense – Idaho penny-cress
Thlaspi jankae [d] – Slovak penny-cress
Thlaspi montanum – alpine penny-cress
Thlaspi parviflorum – meadow penny-cress
Thlaspi perfoliatum [d] – Cotswold penny-cress
Thlaspi praecox [d] – early penny-cress
Thlaspi rotundifolium [d] – round-leaved penny-cress


"Thlaspi". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
International Society of Soil Science (1998). Proceedings of the 16th World Congress of Soil Science on CD-ROM. Proceedings of the 16th World Congress of Soil Science on CD-ROM. ISSS-AISS-IBG-SICS. p. 703. Retrieved 18 May 2021. "It is proposed that phytoremediation using Thlaspi caerulescens would be entirely feasible for low levels of cadmium."

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