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Beta vulgaris (sea beet; common beet)

Synonyms: Beta foliosa; Beta orientalis; Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla

Wikipedia Abstract

Beta vulgaris (beet) is a plant in the Amaranthaceae family (which is now included in Betoideae subfamily). It has numerous cultivated varieties, the most well known of which is the root vegetable known as the beetroot or garden beet. Other cultivated varieties include the leaf vegetable chard; the sugar beet, used to produce table sugar; and mangelwurzel, which is a fodder crop. Three subspecies are typically recognised. All cultivated varieties fall into the subspecies Beta vulgaris subsp.
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Height [2]  4.9 feet (1.5 m)
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-High
Light Preference [3]  Full Sun
Soil Acidity [3]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [3]  Rich
Soil Moisture [3]  Moist
Lifespan [2]  Perennial
Structure [4]  Herb

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Balgö 5296 Sweden  
Bjärekusten 1560 Sweden  
Farallon National Wildlife Refuge IV 352 California, United States
Haverdal 1647 Sweden  
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 177278 Hawaii, United States
Nidingen 1799 Sweden  
Palava Protected Landscape Area V   Czech Republic  
Ramsvikslandet 2103 Sweden  
Reserva de la Biosfera de Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve V 1777 Spain  
Vendelsö 1169 Sweden  



Acherontia atropos (Death's-head hawk moth)[5]
Acronicta euphorbiae (Sweet Gale Moth)[6]
Acronicta rumicis (Knot Grass)[6]
Agrotis crinigera (larger hawaiian cutworm)[6]
Agrotis exclamationis (Heart and Dart)[6]
Agrotis ipsilon (black cutworm)[6]
Agrotis malefida (palesided cutworm)[6]
Agrotis orthogonia (pale western cutworm)[6]
Agrotis segetum (Turnip Moth)[6]
Agrotis subterranea (granulate cutworm)[6]
Agrotis tokionis[6]
Amauromyza flavifrons[5]
Amsacta lactinea[6]
Amsacta lineola[6]
Anagrapha falcifera (celery looper)[6]
Anicla infecta (Green Cutworm)[6]
Anomala dubia[5]
Apamea devastator (glassy cutworm)[6]
Aphis fabae (Bean aphid)[5]
Athalia rosae <Unverified Name>[5]
Athetis miranda[6]
Autographa californica (alfalfa looper)[6]
Autographa gamma (Silver Y Moth)[6]
Autographa nigrisigna[6]
Axylia putris (Flame)[6]
Baris scolopacea[5]
Bison bonasus (European bison)[7]
Cassida nebulosa[5]
Cassida vittata[5]
Chromoderus affinis[5]
Chrysodeixis eriosoma (green garden looper)[6]
Cnephasia longana[6]
Cossus cossus (Goat Moth)[6]
Costelytra zealandica[8]
Cynthia cardui[9]
Diplodia betae[9]
Discestra trifolii (clover cutworm)[6]
Eretmocera impactella[6]
Estigmene acrea (saltmarsh caterpillar)[6]
Euxoa aquilina[6]
Euxoa intracta[6]
Euxoa laetificans[6]
Euxoa messoria (darksided cutworm)[6]
Euxoa munis[6]
Euxoa nigricans (Garden Dart)[6]
Euxoa obelisca (Square-spot Dart)[6]
Euxoa ochrogaster (redbacked curworm)[6]
Euxoa temera[6]
Euxoa tessellata (striped cutworm)[6]
Euxoa tristicula[6]
Euxoa tritici[6]
Feliniopsis opposita[6]
Helicoverpa zea (bollworm)[6]
Hemiberlesia lataniae (latania scale)[10]
Hepialus humuli (Ghost Moth)[6]
Hippotion celerio (Grapevine hawk moth)[6]
Homoeosoma electella[6]
Hoplodrina ambigua (Vine’s Rustic)[6]
Hydraecia micacea (potato stem worm)[6]
Hyles lineata (white-lined sphinx moth)[6]
Hypercompe indecisa[6]
Lacanobia oleracea (Bright-line Brown-Eye Moth)[6]
Liparus coronatus[5]
Liriomyza chenopodii <Unverified Name>[8]
Liriomyza strigata[5]
Liriomyza trifolii (American serpentine leafminer)[9]
Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug)[10]
Mamestra brassicae (Cabbage Moth)[6]
Mamestra configurata (bertha armyworm)[6]
Mantura chrysanthemi[5]
Melanchra picta (zebra caterpillar)[6]
Nezara viridula (Southern green stink bug)[9]
Noctua pronuba (Large Yellow Underwing Moth)[6]
Ochropleura plecta (flame-shouldered dart)[6]
Ogdoconta cinereola[6]
Orthotaenia undulana[6]
Pandemis heparana (Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix)[6]
Papaipema nebris (stalk borer)[6]
Pegomya betae (beet leafminer)[5]
Pegomya hyoscyami (spinach leafminer)[5]
Pemphigus betae[9]
Peridroma saucia (variegated cutworm)[6]
Phenacoccus parvus[10]
Phenacoccus pumilus (dwarf mealybug)[10]
Phlogophora meticulosa (Angle Shades Moth)[6]
Phyllotreta aerea[5]
Phyllotreta atra <Unverified Name>[5]
Phyllotreta vittula <Unverified Name>[5]
Planotortrix octo <Unverified Name>[8]
Pleospora bjoerlingii[9]
Pseudaletia unipuncta (armyworm)[6]
Pseudococcus sorghiellus (trochanter mealybug)[10]
Psila rosae <Unverified Name>[5]
Psylliodes chalcomera <Unverified Name>[5]
Pulvinaria chrysanthemi[10]
Pulvinaria grabhami (cottony camellia scale)[10]
Pyrrharctia isabella (banded woollybear)[6]
Rachiplusia nu[6]
Scopula emutaria[6]
Scrobipalpa atriplicella[6]
Scrobipalpa ocellatella[6]
Sitona lineatus (Striped Pea Weevil)[5]
Spilosoma obliqua[6]
Spilosoma sumatrana[6]
Spilosoma virginica (yellow woollybear)[6]
Spodoptera eridania (southern armyworm)[6]
Spodoptera exigua (beet armyworm)[9]
Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm)[6]
Spodoptera littoralis (African Cotton Leafworm)[6]
Spodoptera mauritia (lawn armyworm)[6]
Spodoptera ornithogalli (yellowstripe armyworm)[6]
Spodoptera praefica (yellowstripe armyworm)[6]
Tanymecus palliatus[5]
Teracotona submacula[6]
Tipula paludosa (European crane fly)[9]
Trichoplusia ni (cabbage looper)[6]
Tripseuxoa strigata[6]
Xylena exsoleta (Sword-grass)[6]


Parasitized by 
Erysiphe betae[9]
Helicotylenchus dihystera <Unverified Name>[11]
Sphaeronaemella betae[9]
Uromyces beticola[9]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


Caribbean; North America;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish Plants: Status, Size, Life History, Geography and Habitats, M. O. Hill, C. D. Preston & D. B. Roy, Biological Records Centre, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (2004)
3ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
4Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
5Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
6HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
7Food eaten by the free-living European bison in Białowieża Forest, Zofia GĘBCZYŃSKA, Marek GĘBCZYŃSKI and Ewa MARTYNOWICZ, Acta Theriologica 36 (3-4), 307-313, 1991.
8New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
9Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
10Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
11Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
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