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Genus Barbarea Family Brassicaceae

Description: Annual, biennial or perennial herb.

Flowers in racemes, often branched. Sepals to c. 3 mm long. Petals yellow.

Siliqua linear, 4-angled, beakless; valves with midvein distinct to apex; seeds in 1 row per loculus.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 20 species, northern temperate regions & Australia. Australia: 4 species (2 species endemic), N.S.W., Vic., Tas., S.A.

Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Upper stem leaves pinnatifid with linear lobes; pedicel curved, spreading, stout, more than half as broad as siliqua; seeds rounded, not marginateBarbarea verna
Upper stem leaves simple and more or less toothed or lyrate-pinnatisect with 1 pair of lobes; pedicel erect to spreading, less than half as broad as siliqua; seeds with a narrow warty wingBarbarea grayi

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