Photographer: Robert H. Read
Brassica rapa L.
field mustard, rape mustard, turnip
Brassica: Latin name for "cabbage"
rapa: an old Italian name for turnips
|Status: ||Introduced - adventive|
|Plant: ||erect, annual, to 24" tall forb; bulbous, reddish, edible root|
|Flower: ||yellow, 4-parted, 1/4" wide; inflorescence a loose clusters (raceme) of stalked flowers|
|Fruit:||long, thin pod, round in cross section, mostly pointing upward and widely spaced|
|Leaf:||lower leaves stalked, more or less pinnately lobed; upper leaves stalkless and clasping the stem|
|Notes: ||this includes many different species, many of which are cultivated vegetables|