Belongs within: Malvidae.Contains: Limnanthaceae, Capparaceae, Brassicaceae. The Brassicales are a clade of flowering plants characterised by the presence of glucosinolates, defensive compounds with a pungent shell and sharp taste. Representatives include the Tropaeolaceae, a Neotropical family of often twining herbs bearing rounded leaves with a central petiole. <==Brassicales [Capparales, Resedales, Rhoeadales] | i. s.: DressianthaT00… Continue reading Brassicales


Belongs within: Brassicales.Contains: Cleome. The Capparaceae are a group of trees, shrubs and herbs, often with spiny stipules on the leaves, found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world (Harden 1990). Flower buds and fruit of the caperbush Capparis spinosa are pickled and used as a condiment. Characters (from Harden 1990): Herbs, climbers, shrubs… Continue reading Capparaceae

Categorised as Brassicales


Belongs within: Brassicaceae. Draba is a genus of often cushion- or mat-forming herbs found in the Northern Hemisphere and mountains of South America (Hickman 1993). Characters (from Hickman 1993): Annual to perennia, often cushion- or mat-forming; hairs often branched. Leaves basal and sometimes cauline, entire or shallowly toothed. Flowers with sepal bases equal; petals <10… Continue reading Draba


Belongs within: Brassicaceae. Cardamine, bitter-cress, is a genus of herbaceous plants found in most regions of the world (Hickman 1993). Characters (from Hickman 1993): Annual, biennial or perennial, from taproots, fibrous roots, or tuber-like rhizomes; hairs absent or simple. Leaves entire or palmately or pinnately lobed to compound; rhizome leaves often present, separate from others.… Continue reading Cardamine


Belongs within: Brassicaceae. Lepidium, pepperworts, is a cosmopolitan genus of herbs and shrubs bearing fruits as flattened capsules containing a single seed per chamber (Hickman 1993). Scurvy and cress Published 6 March 2017 Without the subject of today’s post, it’s just possible that my home country of New Zealand could have had quite a different… Continue reading Lepidium


Belongs within: Brassicaceae. Brassica is a genus of herbs native to Eurasia though some species have been introduced more or less worldwide through their cultivation for food (Hickman 1993). These include the versatile B. oleracea that, through selection of different varieties for different growth forms, has given rise to cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kohl rabi and… Continue reading Brassica


Belongs within: Brassicales.Contains: Descurainia, Erysimum, Alyssum, Draba, Brassica, Caulanthus, Streptanthus, Thelypodium, Lepidium, Cardamine, Rorippa, Arabis. The Brassicaceae are a cosmopolitan family of herbs and sub-shrubs. The alternative name Cruciferae (meaning ‘cross-bearer’) refers to the cross-shaped flowers of members of this family, with four petals. The Brassicaceae include a number of species grown as food plants,… Continue reading Brassicaceae