Alyssum

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual herbs, mostly hoary tomentose; hairs usually branched or stellate. Leaves simple, margins entire. Inflorescence an elongating raceme. Sepals erect, not saccate; petals clawed; stamens 6. Fruit flattened or inflated, less than 3 times as long as broad, dehiscent, not veined, with broad septum; style short, stigma capitate or notched; seeds 1–6 (4–6 in Australia) per locule, usually winged.

Over 100 species, mostly native to Mediterranean region, 1 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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
Higher taxa
genus Alyssum
Subordinate taxa