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Barbaraea R.Br. in Aiton, Hort. Kew. ed. 2. 4:109. 1812. Benth. & Hook.f., l.c. 68; Boiss., l.c. 183; Hook. f., l.c. 134; Schulz in Engl. & Prantl, l.c. 537; Busch in Kom., l.c. 130; Coode & Cullen in Davis, l.c. 433; Hedge in Rech. f., l.c. 198.

Barbaraea vulgaris

Credit: Azmat

Biennial or perennial herbs, glabrous or sparsely hairy with simple hairs, erect, branched. Basal leaves rosulate, usually lyrate, entire to pinnatisect, petiolate; cauline leaves sessile, often amplevicaul and irregularly sinuate-dentate. Racemes lax in fruit. Flowers mediocre, yellow, often drying white; pedicel spreading or upcurved in fruit, slightly or not thickened. Sepals erect, slightly or not saccate at base, often yellowish. Petals usually c. twice as long as the sepals, spathulate. Stamens 6, filaments not appendaged. Lateral nectar glands semi-annular, open towards the outer side, ± 3-lobulate towards the inner side; middle glands present but not joining the laterals. Ovary oblong-linear, many ovuled; style short with a subretuse stigma. Siliquae bluntly 4-angled or terete subcompressed, straight or curved, bilocular, dehiscent; valves with a distinct mid-rib, often rigid; septum not veined; seeds uniseriate, usually many, smoke-brown.

About 15 species, chiefly of muddy and wet habitats in Europe and Asia; only 3 species found in Pakistan.

1 Upper stem leaves toothed or shallowly dissected   (2)
+ Upper stem leaves pinnatifid or deeply dissected   Barbaraea intermedia
2 (1) Terminal lobe of basal leaf usually broadest at base, ± cordate; lateral lobes 3-5. siliquae 15-30 mm long   Barbaraea vulgaris
+ Terminal lobe of basal leaf somewhat narrowed at base, broadest somewhere in the middle; lateral lobes 0-1 only : Siliquae usually 35-45 mm long   Barbaraea plantaginea

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