EPPO Global Database

Capparis spinosa(CPPSP)

Code created in: 2002-02-08

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: CPPSP
  • Preferred name: Capparis spinosa
  • Authority: Linnaeus


A cultivated plant of the Mediterranean region, probably derived from C. spinosa subsp. rupestris . Its flower buds (capers) are used as a culinary flavouring. Introduced in other parts of the world (tropical Africa, Australia).  Capers are also harvested from other, wild-growing, Capparis spp., occurring over a wider geographical range.  

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Capparis peduncularis C. Presl
Capparis spinosa subsp. spinosa Linnaeus

Common names
Name Language
caper English
common caper bush English
dorniger Kapernstrauch German
gemeiner Kapernstrauch German
Kaper German
câprier commun French
câprier épineux French
alcaparrera Spanish
alcaparro común Spanish
alcaparro de Europa Spanish
alcaparronero Spanish
meloncillo Spanish
tapenera Spanish
cappero comune Italian
gewone kapperstruik Dutch
gewoone kapperstruik Dutch
alcaparra Portuguese
alcaparreira-comum Portuguese
vanlig kapris Swedish
каперсы колючие Russian
каперцы Russian
kebere Turkish
kaparinë Albanian
afsas Arabic
amsilikh Arabic
kebbar Arabic
taylulut Arabic
alkaparra Basque
taparer Catalan
taparossa Catalan
tapenera Catalan
tapenote Catalan
tàpera Catalan
taperera Catalan
taperote Catalan
tàpina Catalan
trapera Catalan
trnoviti kapar Croatian
κάππαρη Greek
kaprica Slovak
navadni kaprovec Slovene