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Electronic Flora of South Australia genus Fact Sheet

Family: Cruciferae
Raphanus

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 669 (1753).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Annual to perennial herbs.

Inflorescence ebracteate; sepals erect, slightly dimorphic; petals long-clawed; stamens 6; median nectariferous glands present.

Fruit a siliqua, indehiscent, cylindrical, or constricted between the seeds and articulating at the constriction; beak without seeds; valves ribbed; seeds globular, pitted; cotyledons conduplicate; radicle incumbent.

Distribution:  8 species in western and central Europe, through the Mediterranean to central Asia; 3 species established in Australia, 2 in S.Aust.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Siliqua markedly constricted between the seeds; valves somewhat horny; tap root wiry to stout but not fleshy
R. raphanistrum 1.
1. Siliqua scarcely constricted between the seeds; valves spongy; tap root fleshy and edible
R. sativus 2.

Author: Not yet available


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