Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual or perennial herbs, glabrous or sparsely covered with simple hairs. Leaves lobed to toothed, fetid when crushed. Inflorescence a branched raceme. Sepals somewhat spreading; petals clawed, yellow; stamens 6; ovary sessile or stalked. Fruit elongate (more than 3 times as long as broad); style short, stigma capitate, entire or bilobed; valves flattened, with 1 prominent vein; beak short; seeds numerous, ovoid, compressed, 2 rows per locule (at least in middle portion of fruit), beak seedless.

27 species from Europe and Mediterranean region; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Diplotaxis is similar to Brassica, Sinapis and Hirschfeldia but the fruits always have 2 rows of seeds per locule and a single vein per valve. It differs from Eruca, which does have 2 rows of seeds per locule, in having fruits with a much less prominent beak.

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, 2021-04-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
Higher taxa
genus Diplotaxis
Subordinate taxa