Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual or biennial herbs, erect, with simple hairs or glabrous. Leaves petiolate, pinnately lobed to pinnate, terminal lobe often large and hastate, lateral lobes often deflexed. Inflorescence a raceme. Sepals erect; petals clawed, pale yellow; stamens 6. Fruit narrow-lanceolate to linear, straight or curved, elongate (more than 3 times as long as broad), dehiscent; style small and bilobed; valves with conspicuous midvein and 2 weaker lateral veins; seeds in 1 row per locule.

90 species, in temperate Europe, Asia, North America, southern Africa and South America; 6 species naturalised in Australia.

Sisymbrium is difficult to characterize, but species usually have long, simple hairs and the fruits are typically long and thin, with 3 veins (the lateral 2 sometimes indistinct).

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
Higher taxa
genus Sisymbrium
Subordinate taxa