Barbarea grayi Hewson

Fl. Australia 8: 390 (1982) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Annual or biennial, to 90 cm high, erect, robust, glabrous. Basal leaves with long petioles, and terminal ovate lamina, sometimes with 1 pair of lateral lobes, thickish; lower stem leaves with up to 6 pairs of lateral lobes; upper stem leaves simple or with 1 pair of lateral lobes, margins scalloped or toothed. Sepals 3–3.5 mm long; petals 5–6.5 mm long. Fruit more or less erect, linear, 2–6 cm long (including style), 2–2.5 mm wide; style 0.5–1 mm long; pedicels erect to spreading, 3–7 mm long, c. 1 mm diam.; seed with a narrow tuberculate wing. Flowers summer.

HNF, HSF, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also NSW, ACT. Grows in damp areas near high-altitude streams, but rather rare, perhaps depleted through high-country grazing.

This mainland Australian species has been reported from Victoria under two incorrect names: Barbarea grayi differs from the Tasmanian endemic B. australis in having a more crowded inflorescence (c. 2 fruits per cm) and winged seeds, and from B. vulgaris, a European species naturalised in New Zealand, in having a style 1 mm long or less.

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, 2018-10-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Barbarea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Barbarea grayi in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Barbarea grayi in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory