Invasive Species Compendium

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Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis
(Chinese cabbage)



Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis (Chinese cabbage)


  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Oil/fat
  • Vegetable
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis (L.) Hanelt

Preferred Common Name

  • Chinese cabbage

Other Scientific Names

  • Brassica campestris subsp. chinensis (L.) Makino
  • Brassica chinensis

International Common Names

  • English: bok choy; cabbage (Chinese); pak choi; pak-choi
  • Spanish: col de China
  • French: chou chinois

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Chinakohl
  • Italy: cavolo cinese
  • Japan: taisi
  • Netherlands: Chinese kool

EPPO code

  • BRSCH (Brassica chinensis)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Capparidales
  •                         Family: Brassicaceae
  •                             Genus: Brassica
  •                                 Species: Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis

List of Pests

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Major host of:

Agrotis ipsilon (black cutworm); Agrotis segetum (turnip moth); Albugo candida (white rust of crucifers); Alternaria japonica (pod spot of radish); Athalia rosae (cabbage leaf sawfly); Autographa gamma (silver-Y moth); Beet western yellows virus (turnip (mild) yellows); Brevicoryne brassicae (cabbage aphid); Broad bean wilt virus (lamium mild mosaic); Contarinia nasturtii (swede midge); Crocidolomia pavonana (large cabbage-heart caterpillar); Dysmicoccus brevipes (pineapple mealybug); Helicoverpa armigera (cotton bollworm); Hyaloperonospora parasitica (downy mildew); Liriomyza trifolii (American serpentine leafminer); Murgantia histrionica (harlequin bug); Mythimna separata (paddy armyworm); Myzus persicae (green peach aphid); Paratrichodorus porosus; Phyllotreta chotanica (striped flea beetle); Phyllotreta cruciferae (crucifer flea beetle); Plasmodiophora brassicae (club root); Plutella xylostella (diamondback moth); Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (cottony soft rot); Senecio vulgaris; Spodoptera littoralis (cotton leafworm); Thrips flavus (honeysuckle thrips); Trichoplusia ni (cabbage looper); Turnip mosaic virus (cabbage A virus mosaic); Turnip ringspot virus; Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (black rot)

Minor host of:

Colletotrichum capsici (leaf spot of peppers); Emex spinosa (spiny emex); Leptosphaeria biglobosa; Pectobacterium atrosepticum (potato blackleg disease); Pseudomonas cichorii (bacterial blight of endive); Pseudomonas viridiflava (bacterial leaf blight of tomato); Spergula arvensis (corn spurry); Thrips hawaiiensis (Hawaiian flower thrips); Verticillium dahliae (verticillium wilt); Xestia c-nigrum (spotted cutworm)

Associated with (not a host):

Spiroplasma citri (stubborn disease of citrus)

Host of (source - data mining):

Adoretus sinicus (Chinese rose beetle); Bemisia tabaci (tobacco whitefly); Chromatomyia horticola (pea leaf miner); Diabrotica speciosa (cucurbit beetle); Liriomyza huidobrensis (serpentine leafminer); Phytoplasma aurantifolia (lime witches' broom phytoplasma); Spodoptera litura (taro caterpillar); Tetranychus truncatus

Uses List

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Human food and beverage

  • Oil/fat
  • Vegetable