Hirschfeldia

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Hirschfeldia
Sinapis alba Mallorca.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Hirschfeldia
Moench
Species: H. incana
Binomial name
Hirschfeldia incana
(L.) Lagr.-Foss.
Synonyms
  • Brassica geniculata
  • Brassica incana
  • Hirschfeldia adpressa
  • Sinapis incana

Hirschfeldia incana (formerly Brassica geniculata) is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family known by many common names, including shortpod mustard, buchanweed, hoary mustard[1] and Mediterranean mustard.[2] It is the only species in the monotypic genus Hirschfeldia, which is closely related to Brassica.[3] The species is native to the Mediterranean Basin but it can be found in many parts of the world as an introduced species and often a very abundant noxious weed.[4] This mustard is very similar in appearance to black mustard, but is generally shorter.[5] It forms a wide basal rosette of lobed leaves which lie flat on the ground, and it keeps its leaves while flowering.[6] Its stem and foliage have soft white hairs. Unlike black mustard, H. incana is a perennial plant.[5]

Its leaves are edible and traditionally were used in some areas as a leaf vegetable.[7]

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