Ontario Weeds: Bird Rape
Excerpt from Publication 505, Ontario Weeds, Order
Table of Contents
- Other Names
- General Description
- Flowers and Fruit
- Similar Species
- Related Links
Name: Bird Rape, Brassica campestris
Other Names: moutarde des oiseaux, Field mustard, chourave, navette
Family: Mustard Family (Cruciferae)
General Description: Resembling small plants of Wild mustard but has a bluish-green colour.
Leaves: Smooth, stalkless leaves with
enlarged bases that clasp the stem
Flowers & Fruit: Long flower stalks (often 2 cm, 4/5 in., or longer); and smooth plump seedpods 3 - 5 cm (1 1/4in-2in.) long with a thin, seedless beak 6 - 12 mm (1/4 - 1/2 in.) long.
Habitat: It occurs in a few grainfields and waster areas in southern Ontario.
Similar Species: It is sometimes mistaken for plants of cultivated oil-seed rape with which it is closely allied.
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