Diplotaxis (weeds)

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Author(s): Javier Martin
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Diplotaxis (weeds) DC.

This genus contains around 30-40 species of herbaceous plants which are native to Europe, Asia and parts of Africa. The leaves of some species are edible and are used as salad or vegetable. A few species have been introduced into other regions and are regarded as invasive. Others are agricultural weeds like Diplotaxis erucoides which affects various crops in the Mediterranean region.

The plants typically reach a height of around 50 cm. They have compound or lobed leaves. The flowers are usually yellow, sometimes white. The seeds of Diplotaxis are arranged in 2 rows. In Greek: διπλός (diplós) = double, τάξις (táxis) = arrangment or order.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: