An annual found as an arable weed, particularly with broad-leaved crops and mainly on heavier soils. It is also a frequent weed on disturbed roadsides, and in waste places and gardens. Lowland, but there is a casual record at 330 m at Tomintoul (Banffs.).
T. arvense was mapped as `all records` in the 1962 Atlas. The map suggests that it has increased in frequency in the north and west of its range since then.
As an archaeophyte T. arvense has a Eurasian Temperate distribution, but it is naturalised in N. America so its distribution is now Circumpolar Temperate.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
1975. The biology of Canadian weeds. 9. Thlaspi arvense L. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 55:279-292.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1996)
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
1991. Crucifers of Great Britain and Ireland. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 6.