What common name for Brassica rapa?

Bill Williams bwilliam at oyster.smcm.edu
Fri Jul 8 13:56:06 EST 1994

In article <2vjk8o$pp7 at crocus.csv.warwick.ac.uk>
lsrei at csv.warwick.ac.uk (Dr S T May) writes:

> In my personal opinion...oil-seed rape gets an unfair deal in this respect
> and probably gets it because it is a fairly recent and VERY visible crop.

Yes, there is a similar phenomenon common on this side of the Atlantic
in the spring:  the pine trees (very common in our area) shed tons and
tons of pollen, yellowing cars and streaking lakes and streams with
yellow rivulets of pollen.  Everyone sneezes.  "Look at all the pollen;
no wonder" they say.  But as far as I know virtually no one (bound to
be exceptions) is allergic to pine pollen.  It's really the flowering
trees and especially the grasses, whose pollen is not nearly so
obvious, that they're allergic to, but they blame it on the pines
because they can see the pollen.
Bill Williams
bwilliam at oyster.smcm.edu
Dept. of Biology
St. Mary's College of Maryland

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