Cakile

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual (rarely perennial) succulent herbs, glaucous, glabrous. Leaves pinnately divided, variously lobed or toothed, or entire, succulent, upper leaves smaller. Inflorescence a raceme. Sepals erect; petals with claw c. 3–5 mm long, white, pink or purple; stamens 6; ovary sessile. Fruit indehiscent, corky, differentiated into 2 segments; stigma entire; lower segment various, usually 1-seeded; upper segment conical, sometimes flattened, 1-seeded, seed larger than that of lower segment.

7 species of the Northern Hemisphere, growing near fresh to saline water; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Characterized by its fleshy, pinnately lobed leaves, fruit with a large terminal segment and the usually maritime habitat.

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 Cakile
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