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Annual [perennial herb]; hairs stellate, occasionally also simple. Stem: 1–several. Leaf: entire. Flower: sepals erect to spreading, bases not sac-like; petals yellow to cream, occasionally white in age; filaments slender or winged, toothed or not. Fruit: silicle, round (oblong), dehiscent, unsegmented, flat parallel to septum, glabrous or hairy; stigma entire. Seed: 1–2(4)[8].
± 170 species: northern North America, Eurasia, northern Africa. (Greek: without rabies, supposed cure for hydrophobia and madness) Alyssum strigosum Banks & Sol. reports in California based on misidentified plants of Alyssum simplex.

Key to Alyssum

1. Sepals persistent in fruit; filaments slender, not winged or toothed ..... A. alyssoides

1' Sepals early-deciduous; filaments winged and/or toothed

2. Fruit glabrous (sparsely hairy), 2.5–4(4.5) mm ..... A. desertorum

2' Fruit hairy, (3.5)4–6.5(7) mm ..... A. simplex


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