Sisymbrium orientale L.

Indian Hedge-mustard

Cent. Pl. II 24 (1756) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or biennial, to 90 cm high, at least the lower leaves with conspicuous soft, spreading and/or reflexed hairs, these usually extending along stem and to upper leaves to some degree. Basal leaves in rosette, not persistent, usually to 10 cm long, pinnately dissected with 1–5 pairs of broadly triangular lateral lobes, margins toothed; stem leaves smaller towards inflorescence, sagittate, hastate, becoming lanceolate and entire. Sepals 4–5 mm long; petals 6–10 mm long. Fruit spreading, linear-cylindric, straight, 4–10 cm long, 1–1.5 mm wide; style 1–4 mm long, with swollen apex; pedicels spreading, 3–10 mm long. Flowers mostly spring–summer.

*EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *RobP, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Naturalised all States. Native to Mediterranean region, Asia. Weed of disturbed habitats (including urban areas), primarily in west of the State.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-02-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Sisymbrium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sisymbrium orientale in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sisymbrium orientale in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory