Horungia procumbens ((Linnaeus) Hayek, 1924)

Synonyms: Hutschinsia procumbens (L.) Desf., 1814; Lepidium procumbens L., 1753; Hymenolobus procumbens (L.) Nutt., 1838.

Common names: Bulg: Pelzyascha horungiya.

Order (Scientific): CAPPARALES.

Family (Scientific): BRASSICACEAE.

Taxonomic descriptions: The stems are from 3 cm to 20 cm tall, single or branching from the base, laid down or upright, covered with rare not branched hairs. The lower leaves have petioles and are abruptly pinnatifid. The upper leaves are lanceolate, dentate or entire. The inflorescences are thick, cluster-like. Multiple small florets with pedicels from 1 mm to 3 mm long (after fading quite elongated, horizontally outstretched). White petals with equal sepals.

Horungia procumbens arealIUCN Status:
    World level:
    Black Sea Regional level:
    Subregion level: CE


Habitats type, Critical habitats, Limiting factors: Salty coastal sands. Humidity and salinization.

Biology: Annual or perennial herbaceous plant. Blooms and propagates in April-May. Reproduces through seeds.

Population trends: Rapidly declining.

Threats: Resort construction and intensive use of the sand strip.

Conservation measures taken: None.

Conservation measures proposed: To be included in the list of protected plants.


  1. Valev, S. 1970. Flora na NRB. IV. Rod Horungia Reichenb., 545-546.

Compiled by: M.Filipova.