Nasturtium officinale 

Scope: Global
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Plantae Tracheophyta Magnoliopsida Brassicales Brassicaceae

Scientific Name: Nasturtium officinale W.T.Aiton
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Water-cress, Watercress
French Cresson de Fontaine
Spanish Berro
Nasturtium fontanum Asch.
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (L.) Hayek
Sisymbrium nasturtium-aquaticum L.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2010-04-23
Assessor(s): Akhani, H. & Zehzad, B.
Reviewer(s): Lansdown, R.V.
Contributor(s): Gupta, A.K. & Smith, K.

This species is classed as Least Concern as it is widespread with stable populations and does not face any major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species is native to northern Africa, Europe and temperate Asia and the Indian sub continent. It is naturalized in the USA, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Australasia and parts of tropical Asia.
Countries occurrence:
Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Armenia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Canada; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Egypt; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Hungary; India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Libya; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Montenegro; Morocco; Netherlands; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Serbia; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain (Canary Is.); Sweden; Switzerland; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan
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Population [top]


There is no information available on population trends in this species.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The plants are common in wetlands, stream margins, ditches, flushes with moving water usually in chalk or limestone areas.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is widely eaten. The leaves are exceptionally rich in vitamins and minerals, especially iron. It also has medicinal properties used to treat a variety of ailments.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There are no known significant past, ongoing or future threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions are needed.

Citation: Akhani, H. & Zehzad, B. 2014. Nasturtium officinale. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T164311A1040462. . Downloaded on 17 August 2018.
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