Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual herbs, glabrous or with simple hairs. Leaves lobed. Inflorescence a raceme. Sepals erect; petals clawed, white to pale yellow with purple veins; stamens 6; ovary sessile. Fruit elongate (at least 3 times as long as broad, excluding beak), sessile; stigma bilobed; valves flattened, with 1 prominent vein; beak large, flattened; seeds numerous, subglobose to ovoid, 2 rows per locule (at least in middle portion of fruit), beak seedless.

5 species, mostly from Mediterranean and northern Africa; 1 species an established weed in 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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-10-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
Higher taxa
genus Eruca
Subordinate taxa