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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
1 sp.: Mediterranean, southwestern Asia. (B. Carrichter, physician to Emperor Maxmillan II of Germany)
Hairs simple, reflexed. Stem: erect to decumbent, generally branched, (0.5)0.7–3.5(4.5) dm. Leaf: basal, not rosetted, 1.5–4 cm; petiole 1–4.5 cm; blade 1- or 2-pinnately divided, lateral lobe pairs 3–6, ultimate segments 0.5–1.5 mm wide, linear to oblong; cauline short-petioled, similar to basal. Flower: sepals erect, not sac-like at base, 4–5 mm; petals spoon-shaped, cream to pale yellow, dark-purple- to brown-veined, 6.5–8 mm, 1–2 mm wide. Fruit: silicle, reflexed, lower segment 3–4 mm, 2.5–3.5 mm wide, widely ovoid to ± spheric, stiff-hairy; terminal segment 3–5 mm, 3–4 mm wide, flattened, glabrous, margins curved inward; pedicel strongly recurved, 2.5–4 mm, 1-sided. Seed: 4–6, 1.1–1.6 mm wide, ± spheric.
2n=16. Disturbed areas; Central Coast; native to Mediterranean, southwestern Asia. Apr–May [Online Interchange]
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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Jul 31 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Carrichtera, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=82303, accessed on Jul 31 2014
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