Diplotaxis tenuifolia (L.) DC.

Sand Rocket

Syst. Nat. 2: 632 (1821) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Perennial, glabrous and glaucous. Stems erect, 20–80 cm high. Basal leaves absent (except in seedling); stem leaves variable, lower ones petiolate, to 17 cm long, becoming smaller above, with pinnate, linear lobes, or coarsely toothed, or entire. Sepals 4–7 mm long, outer pair half spreading, inner pair erect; petals 8–15 mm long, lemon-yellow, tapering to claw; ovary pedicellate. Fruit erect to spreading, appressed to stem or rarely spreading obliquely, 2–6 cm long (including beak), 1–2.5 mm wide, on 0.5–4 mm stalk beyond end of pedicel; valves slightly constricted between seeds; beak c. 2 mm long, slender; pedicel 10–50 mm long; seeds 1–1.5 mm long, yellow-brown. Flowers most of year.

*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *OtP, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, Tas., the Americas. Native to southern and central Europe to Syria. A weed of disturbed areas.

Apart from the features used in the key, D. tenuifolia has larger, leafier stems than D. muralis.

A noxious weed in Victoria and parts of South Australia.

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
genus Diplotaxis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Diplotaxis tenuifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Diplotaxis tenuifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales