Sisymbrium erysimoides Desf.

Smooth Mustard

Fl. Atlant. 2: 84, t. 158 (1798) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual, to 80 cm high, glabrous or with scattered short hairs. Leaves not in basal rosette, to 15 cm long, deeply pinnately dissected with 2 or 3 pairs of lateral lobes, margins toothed, leaves smaller towards inflorescence, sometimes ovate-lanceolate, seldom entire. Sepals 1–2 mm long; petals 1–2.5 mm long. Fruit more or less horizontal, linear, straight, 2.5–5 cm long, c. 1 mm wide; style c. 0.5 mm long, with slightly swollen apex; pedicels horizontal, thick, 2–5 mm long. Flowers mainly spring.

*GipP, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, NT, SA, NSW, ?New Zealand. Native to western Mediterranean region. Common weed in dry areas of north and north-west of the state (particularly near Murray River) but also naturalised in the Melbourne area.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-31
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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 erysimoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sisymbrium erysimoides 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
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised

State distribution

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