Lithospermum arvense
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Lithospermum
L. arvense
Binomial name
Lithospermum arvense

Buglossoides arvensis (L.) I.M.Johnst.

Lithospermum arvense, the field gromwell, corn gromwell, or bastard alkanet, is a flowering plant of the family Boraginaceae. It is also known as Buglossoides arvensis.[1]

It is native to Europe and Asia, as far north as Korea, Japan and Russia, and as far south as Afghanistan and northern Pakistan.[1] It is known in other places as an introduced species, including much of North America and Australia.[2][3] The European Union has granted the refined oil of the seed of Buglossoides arvensis novel food status and some farmers are growing it.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Lithospermum arvense Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 132. 1753". Flora of China.
  2. ^ USDA Plants Profile
  3. ^ "Buglossoides arvensis". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  4. ^ Nosowitz, Dan (19 November 2015). "What Is This Weird Weed, and Why Are Farmers and Health Nuts So Into It?". Modern Farmer. Retrieved 30 November 2015.

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