Descurainia sophia (L.) Webb ex Prantl


Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3 (2): 142 (1892) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual herbs to 60 cm high with stellate hairs; stems sometimes branched. Leaves 2- or 3-times divided, up to 15 cm long, segments linear to oblong, up to 2 mm wide. Inflorescence elongated in fruit. Sepals 2–3 mm long; petals yellowish, petals and stamens ± equal to sepals. Fruit spreading to erect, narrowly linear, c. 15–30 mm long, sometimes curved upwards, glabrous.

Naturalised in SA, NSW. Native to Eurasia. Recorded once in Victoria in 1955 from Minyip, an area intensively used for grain production between Horsham and Donald.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-18
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Descurainia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Descurainia sophia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Descurainia sophia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales