Common name: Rape
Brassica x napus L. APNI*
Description: Annual or biennial. Taproot robust, often tuberous. Stems erect to 1.5 m high, herbaceous.
Basal leaf scars inconspicuous, glabrous. Leaves scarcely fleshy, glaucous; lower leaves petiolate to 40 cm long, deeply lobed, with a large terminal lobe and smaller lateral ones, sparsely bristly; upper leaves sessile, oblong-lanceolate, base broadened, clasping around more than half of stem.
Inflorescence with buds overtopping (rarely equalling) flowers. Sepals inclined, 5–7 mm long; petals 11–14 mm long, pale yellow; outer stamens with filaments curved outwards at base; ovary sessile.
Fruit ascending, 4–10 cm long (including beak), 2–4 mm wide, quadrangular (valves flattened between midrib and margin); beak 5–30 mm long; pedicel 15–20 mm long; seeds absent or one, 1–3 mm wide, dark brown to black.
Flowering: Flowers in spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Occasional to locally common introduced plant between Manilla and Attunga (North Western Slopes); also occasionally escaped from cultivated in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia.
Grows along road-side verges.
NSW subdivisions: *NWS
Then origin of this plant is unknown, probably derived from a hybrid between Brassica oleracea and B. rapa.
Text by T.J. Entwisle (1999)
Taxon concept: T.J. Entwisle (1999)
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