Cultivation and use of isatis tinctoria L. (Brassicaceae) in Southern Italy

  title={Cultivation and use of isatis tinctoria L. (Brassicaceae) in Southern Italy},
  author={Carmine Guarino and Paolo Casoria and Bruno Menale},
  journal={Economic Botany},
Isatis tinctoria L. (Brassicaceae), commonly known as wood, is a biennial species with erect stem, hastate leaves, and yellow flowers clustered in racemes. Fruits are pendulous siliques. This species, probably indigenous of southeastern Asia, was used for the extraction of a dyeing agent called “indigo.” Wood was introduced in ancient times in Italy and the first records of its cultivation date back to the Roman period. For many centuries, wood cultivation remained stable, but grew dramatically… 

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