Conringia orientalis (L.) C.Presl

Treacle Mustard

Fl. Sicul. 1: 79 (as Coringia) (1826) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems erect, usually 10–50 cm high, sparingly branched, glaucous. Leaves subsessile to sessile, auriculate and stem-clasping, obovate to elliptic, to about 11 cm long, margins thin and translucent. Sepals 5–8 mm long; petals 7–14 mm long, yellowish to green-white. Fruit erect to spreading, cylindric to often quadrangular, 4–14 mm long, c. 2 mm diam.; style slender, less than 4 mm long; pedicel 5–15 mm long; seeds ovoid, 2–3 mm long, dark brown to black. Flowers spring–autumn.

*EGU, *MuM, *VRiv, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, North America. Native in Europe to central Asia and northern Africa. Weed of agricultural land.

Characterized by its entire, clasping upper stem leaves with a thin translucent margin, and fruits with often angled valves and a persistent style less than 4 mm long.

Used as a salad vegetable in Europe.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-08
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Conringia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Conringia orientalis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Conringia orientalis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory