Cardamine Occulta: A New Weed and Alien Plant Species in Banana Production Greenhouses in Türkiye

Torun H., Özkil M., Aksoy N., Üremiş I., ULUDAĞ A.

Acta Botanica Hungarica, vol.65, no.3-4, pp.399-411, 2023 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 3-4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1556/034.65.2023.3-4.10
  • Journal Name: Acta Botanica Hungarica
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.399-411
  • Keywords: Brassicaceae, floristic survey, Mediterranean Basin, southern Türkiye, taxonomy
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Banana is a cash crop in Mediterranean Region of Türkiye, which is grown mainly in greenhouses and open fields. In weed flora surveys carried out in 2021 and 2022, an Eastern Asian plant, Cardamine occulta Hornem. (Brassicaceae), was determined first time in 60% of banana greenhouses in Türkiye. The species had been recorded in Europe in the second half of the 20th century, and then spread especially in urban areas of many European countries and Mediterranean Basin, which implies many habitats in Türkiye under the threat of C. occulta. The main diagnostic morphological features and an identification key are presented in comparison with those for allied C. flexuosa With. and C. hirsuta L. An eradication program is suggested because it is not scattered but limited with banana greenhouses in Türkiye.