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Genus Raphanus Family Brassicaceae

Description: Annual or perennial herbs.

Basal leaves lyrate-pinnatisect, upper leaves reducing.

Inflorescence paniculate, without bracts. Sepals erect, lateral ones slightly saccate. Petals long-clawed, usually with dark veins.

Siliqua indehiscent and either inflated or constricted between seeds and breaking into 1-seeded units; beak seedless; valves ribbed.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 8 species, Asia & Europe. Australia: 3 species, all States.

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

 Key to the species 
1Fruit markedly constricted between seeds; valves somewhat horny; taproot wiry to stout but not fleshyRaphanus raphanistrum
Fruit scarcely constricted between seeds; inflated at maturity, valves spongy; taproot fleshy and edibleRaphanus sativus

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