Hirschfeldia incana

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Hirschfeldia incana
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Hirschfeldia
Species: H. incana
Binomial name
Hirschfeldia incana
(L.) Lagr.-Foss.

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 and Mediterranean mustard.[1] It is the only species in the monotypic genus Hirschfeldia, which is closely related to Brassica.[2] 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.[3] This mustard is very similar in appearance to black mustard, but is generally shorter.[4] It forms a wide basal rosette of lobed leaves which lie flat on the ground, and it keeps its leaves while flowering.[5] Its stem and foliage have soft white hairs. Unlike black mustard, H. incana is a perennial plant.[4]

Its leaves are edible and traditionally were used in some areas as a leaf vegetable.[6]


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