Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual to perennial herbs, usually glabrous. Leaves often glossy, margins usually bluntly toothed, lower leaves pinnately lobed with larger terminal lobe, upper leaves becoming more or less sessile and stem-clasping. Inflorescence a raceme. Sepals suberect, inner pair saccate; petals clawed, yellow; stamens 6. Fruit elongate (more than 3 times as long as broad), quadrangular in section, dehiscent, glabrous; style 0.5–2 mm long, slightly bilobed; valves convex, with prominent midvein and weaker reticulate lateral veins; seeds in 1 row per locule.

About 20 species of temperate regions; 2 native and 2 naturalised in Australia.

Barbarea is usually glabrous (often with dark green, shiny lower leaves) and has elongate fruits with a short persistent style, a single row of seeds per locule and convex valves with a prominent midrib.

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, 2020-10-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
Higher taxa
genus Barbarea
Subordinate taxa