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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.



Annual, biennial, ± erect
Leaves generally cauline, sessile, entire to dentate or shallowly lobed; basal lobes clasping stem
Flower: petals white to yellow
Fruit obovate to pear-shaped, plump, ± stalked above receptacle; septum wide; valves sturdy, ± winged
Seeds 2 rows per chamber
Etymology: (Greek: low flax, from inhibition of flax plants)


C. microcarpa Andrz.

Annual 3–10 dm
Stem simple to ± branched above; hairs simple, spreading, below also forked, stellate
Leaves oblong to lanceolate, ± entire; tip acute to acuminate; lower leaf hairs as on stems
Inflorescence elongate
Flower: petals 4–5 mm, pale yellow
Fruit 5–8 mm, obovate; pedicel spreading to ascending, 1–1.5 cm, slender; style 2–2.5 mm, beak-like
Seed ± longer than wide, plump
Chromosomes: 2n=40
Ecology: Grainfields, roadsides, hillsides
Elevation: < 1000 m.
Bioregional distribution: California Floristic Province
Distribution outside California: N.America; native to Eurasia
Synonyms: C. sativa (L.) Crantz misapplied

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