Rapistrum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves lobed; basal leaves pinnately lobed or pinnate, with large terminal lobe, stem leaves smaller. Inflorescence a branched raceme. Sepals half spreading; petals with short claw, yellow, dark-veined; stamens 6; ovary sessile. Fruit sessile, short (less than 3 times as long as broad), indehiscent, differentiated into 2 segments; lower segment cylindric, sterile or with 1(–3) seeds; stigma sometimes bilobed; upper segment globular, 1-seeded, beaked; seeds of 2 sorts, the upper seed ovoid, the lower seed(s) smaller, aborted or absent.

2–4 species of the Mediterranean region to western Asia; 1 species naturalised 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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
Higher taxa
genus Rapistrum
Subordinate taxa