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Habit: Annual, biennial (perennial herb); hairs minute, many-branched, tree-like, occasionally mixed with fewer simple hairs, club-shaped glandular papillae occasionally present. Stem: generally branched distally. Leaf: petioled, finely 1--3-pinnately lobed or divided, basal generally early-deciduous; cauline similar to basal, less divided distally on stem, base not lobed. Inflorescence: elongating. Flower: sepals erect to spreading, base not sac-like; petals obovate, yellow [+- white]. Fruit: silique or silicle, dehiscent, linear, oblong, club-shaped, ellipsoid, or obovoid, not flattened, unsegmented; stigma entire. Seed: 5--100, in 1 or 2 rows, ellipsoid to oblong, plump; wing 0.
Species In Genus: 45--47 species: Eurasia, especially North America and South America, Canary Islands. Etymology: (F. Descourain, French botanist, 1658--1740) Toxicity: May be TOXIC to livestock. Note: Taxonomically difficult, most characters highly variable.
Unabridged Note: A taxonomically difficult genus due to extensive variation and continuity in most characters. The extensive interspecific hybridization, polyploidy, fertility among species, weedy tendencies of hybrids and parents, and lack of reliable morphological characters make it difficult to delimit taxa. Numerous infraspecific taxa have been recognized, but without extensive cytological, molecular, and experimental studies, recognition of narrowly defined taxa is neither practical nor useful.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz
Jepson Online Interchange
Key to DescurainiaPrevious taxon: Cusickiella quadricostata
Next taxon: Descurainia adenophora
Citation for this treatment: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz 2016. Descurainia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=10574, accessed on September 27, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on September 27, 2016.