Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Brassicales

Brassicaceae - Cabbage family

Cruciferae

Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. & Warburg, E.F. (1962) Flora of the British Isles. 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Exell, A.W. (1960) Brassicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1)

Tutin, T.G. et al. (eds) assisted by Akeroyd, J.R. & Newton, M.E. (1993) Flora Europaea. Vol. 1. (2nd edition) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Description of the family

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate. Flowers in racemes, usually bisexual, hypogynous, actinomorphic. Sepals 4, free, in 2 series. Petals 4 (rarely 0). Stamens 6 (inner 4 long, outer 2 short). Ovary 2-locular. Style 1. Stigmas 2. Fruit dry, usually a dehiscent siliqua or silicula, opening from below by 2 valves, sometimes breaking into segments transversely, sometimes indehiscent.

Worldwide: 365 genera and 3,250 species, cosmopolitan but especially in temperate areas (Mediterranean to central Asia, western North America).

Zambia: 6 genera and 9 taxa.

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GenusContent
Brassica L.Description
Capsella Medik.Description
Coronopus ZinnDescription
Lepidium L.Description
Rorippa Scop.Description
Sisymbrium L.Description

Other sources of information about Brassicaceae:

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Flora of Botswana: Brassicaceae
Flora of Malawi: Brassicaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Brassicaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Brassicaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Brassicaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Brassicaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Brassicaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Brassicaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=37, retrieved 28 March 2017

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