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Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz, except as noted

Annual to shrub; sap pungent, watery. Leaf: generally simple, alternate; generally both basal, cauline; stipules 0. Inflorescence: generally raceme, generally not bracted. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals 4, generally free; petals (0)4, forming a cross, generally white or yellow to purple; stamens generally 6 (2 or 4), 4 long, 2 short (3 pairs of unequal length); ovary 1, superior, generally 2-chambered with septum connecting 2 parietal placentas; style 1, stigma entire or 2-lobed. Fruit: capsule, generally 2-valved, "silique" (length >= 3 × width) or "silicle" (length < 3 × width), dehiscent by 2 valves or indehiscent, cylindric or flat parallel or perpendicular to septum, segmented or not. Seed: 1–many, in 1 or 2 rows per chamber, winged or wingless; embryo strongly curved.
± 330 genera, 3780 species: worldwide, especially temperate. [Al-Shehbaz et al. 2006 Plant Syst Evol 259:89–120] Highest diversity in Mediterranean area, mountains of southwestern Asia, adjacent central Asia, western North America; some Brassica species are oil or vegetable crops; Arabidopsis thaliana used in experimental molecular biology; many species are ornamentals, weeds. Aurinia saxatilis (L.) Desvaux in cultivation only. Aubrieta occasional waif in central North Coast Ranges, Carrichtera annua (L.) DC. in South Coast, Iberis sempervirens L., Iberis umbellata L. in Peninsular Ranges, Teesdalia coronopifolia (Bergeret) Thell., Teesdalia nudicaulis (L.) W.T. Aiton in southern Outer North Coast Ranges, Central Coast. Cardaria, Coronopus moved to Lepidium; Caulostramina to Hesperidanthus; Guillenia to Caulanthus; Heterodraba to Athysanus; California taxa of Lesquerella to Physaria; Malcolmia africana to Strigosella. —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.

Key to Brassicaceae

Perennial herb, aquatic, rhizomatous; hairs simple or 0. Stem: prostrate to erect, rooting at proximal nodes. Leaf: pinnately compound, petioled, base lobed or not, simple in deeply submersed plants. Inflorescence: elongated; bracts 0 or subtending proximal flowers. Flower: sepals erect to ascending, base or lateral pair not sac-like; petals white (pink), not clawed. Fruit: silique, dehiscent, linear, cylindric, unsegmented; stigma entire. Seed: 24–60, in 1 or 2 rows; wing 0.
5 species: worldwide. (Latin: nose distortion, in reference to plant pungency) [Al-Shehbaz & Price 1998 Novon 8:124–126]

Key to Nasturtium

N. officinale W.T. Aiton WATER CRESS
Plant ± glabrous (sparsely hairy). Stem: erect to decumbent, branched, 1–11(20) dm. Leaf: 2–15(20) cm; leaflets 3–9(13), (0.4)1–4(5) cm, (0.3)0.7–2.5(4) cm wide, round to ovate, oblong, or lanceolate, dentate to entire. Flower: sepals 2–3.5 mm; petals 2.8–4.5(6) mm, 1.5–2.5 mm wide, white. Fruit: (0.6)1–1.8(2.5) cm, narrowed between seeds; style 0.5–1(1.5) mm; pedicels spreading, 0.5–1.7(2.4) cm. Seed: (28)36–60, 0.8–1.1(1.3) mm.
2n=32. Streams, springs, marshes, lake margins, swamps; < 3000 m. California Floristic Province, Modoc Plateau, n East of Sierra Nevada, White and Inyo Mountains, Desert Mountains; temperate worldwide. [Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (L.) Hayek] Widely cultivated for edible greens. Mar–Nov [Online Interchange]

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 25 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Nasturtium, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 25 2015

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