Rapistrum (weeds)

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Author:Harry Rose
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Rapistrum (weeds) Crantz

This genus of mustard plants contains only 2 recognised species with various others awaiting taxonomic reviews. Rapistrum rugosum (turnip weed) is a widespread agricultural weed that affects crops like cereals, legumes or grasses.

The fruits of Rapistrum are divided into an upper, spherical part and an elongated basal part, attached to the stem. Both parts can form seeds.

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