Fl. Tarn Garonne 19 (1847) APNI
Stems erect, to 1 m high, bristly. Leaves bristly; lower leaves petiolate, to 35 cm long, pinnately-lobed, terminal lobe ovate, irregularly toothed; upper leaves smaller, sessile, simple, oblanceolate, toothed. Sepals 3–4 mm long; petals 6–9 mm long, yellow but often purple-veined. Fruit appressed to stem or rarely spreading obliquely, 0.7–1.7 cm long (including beak), 1–1.5 mm wide, terete; valves slightly constricted between seeds, glabrous or hairy; beak 3–6 mm long, usually with 1 seed (seeds rarely 0 or 2); pedicel 2–5 mm long, thick; seeds c. 0.5 long, red-brown. Flowers Sep.–Jan.
*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to Mediterranean region. A noxious weed in parts of South Australia, but principally a weed of roadsides and fence-lines.
Hirschfeldia incana is characterized by its appressed fruits with a swollen beak usually containing a single seed. The fruits have been described as like an old-fashioned clothes peg (Rich 1991). Brassica nigra also has appressed fruits but the beak is seedless and not swollen.
The young inflorescences can be eaten like Broccoli.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|