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Reed C. Rollins, except as specified

Annual to subshrub
Leaves generally basal and cauline, alternate, generally simple; stipules 0
Inflorescence: generally raceme
Flower bisexual; sepals 4, free; petals (0)4, free, generally white or yellow, often clawed; stamens generally (2,4)6, generally 4 long, 2 short; ovary 1, superior, chambers generally 2, septum membranous, connecting 2 parietal placentas, style 1, stigma simple or 2-lobed
Fruit: generally capsule ("silique") with 2 deciduous valves, sometimes breaking transversely or indehiscent
Seeds 1–many per chamber
Genera in family: 300+ genera, 3000+ species: worldwide, especially cool regions; some cultivated for food (especially Brassica, Raphanus ) and ornamental
Recent taxonomic note: Recently treated to include Capparaceae [Rodman et al. 1993 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 80:686–699; Rollins 1993 Cruciferae of Continental North America. Stanford Univ Press]
Family description, key to genera by Robert A. Price.



Biennial, perennial herb; base woody or not; hairs 0 to dense, simple, forked, stellate, or multibranched; caudex branched or not
Stem branched or not, cylindric, leafy
Leaves: basal petioled, entire or dentate; cauline generally sessile, entire or dentate, base often lobed, often clasping stem
Inflorescence: bracts 0
Flower erect to reflexed; sepals erect; petals spoon-shaped to oblong and narrowed at base or narrowly obovate, white to deep purple, rarely straw-colored
Fruit erect to reflexed, linear, straight to curved, flat parallel to septum, rarely ± cylindric
Seeds ± many, generally 1 row per chamber, flat or plump, winged or not; embryonic root at edges of both cotyledons
Species in genus: ± 120 species: temp North America, Eurasia, Africa
Etymology: (Latin: of Arabia)


A. breweri S. Watson

Perennial, cespitose; caudex woody, many-branched
Stems several–many, simple, 0.5–2 dm; hairs dense below, often 0 above
Leaves: basal short-petioled, 1–3 cm, oblanceolate, entire to few-toothed, hairs on both surfaces generally 3-forked, tip acute; cauline sessile, 1–2(4) cm, oblong-lanceolate to oblong, base lobed, clasping stem
Flower: petals spoon-shaped, reddish purple to pink
Fruit spreading-ascending, ± curved to ± straight; pedicel erect to ascending, 3–15 mm, generally hairy
Seed round; wing narrow
Ecology: Rocky places
Elevation: 450–3200 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, Inner North Coast Ranges, Cascade Range, n Sierra Nevada Foothills, Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, Inner South Coast Ranges, San Bernardino Mountains
Distribution outside California: s Oregon


var. breweri

Leaves: cauline generally < 2 cm, hairy
Flower: sepals grayish green, hairs dense; petals 6–9 mm
Fruit generally 3–7 cm; pedicel 5–9 mm, generally hairy
Chromosomes: 2n=14
Ecology: Rock crevices, slopes
Elevation: 450–2300 m.
Bioregional distribution: Klamath Ranges, Inner North Coast Ranges, Cascade Range, San Francisco Bay Area, Inner South Coast Ranges
Distribution outside California: s Oregon
Synonyms: var. figularis Jeps
Horticultural information: DRN, DRY: 7, 8, 9, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 &SUN: 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17.

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