Diplotaxis muralis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCruciferaeDiplotaxisDiplotaxis muralis


An annual or short-lived perennial herb found in a variety of dry, open habitats. It is most frequent in waste places such as by railways, roads and on tips, but is also found on rocks, cliffs, walls and in gardens. It is occasionally cultivated and ploughed in as a `green manure`. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of C. & S. Europe and N. Africa; naturalised in Europe north of its native range.

© G. Toone, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.8

Annual Precipitation (mm): 810

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 943

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 59

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 11

Atlas Change Index: -0.37

Weighted Changed Factor: 20

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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.

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