Syrian Mustard
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Syrian Mustard
A Native Unknown Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Syrian Mustard
Botanical name: Euclidium syriacum    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Bunias syriaca, Anastatica syriaca

Syrian Mustard is a spreading to erect annual herb, branched from base, rough with branched hairs. Lower leaves have up to 2 cm long leaf-stalks, upper stalkless, oblong-elliptic to lanceshaped, 2-8 cm long, margin entire or wavy-toothed. Flowers are hardly 1.5 mm across, white, in spike-like racemes; flower-stalk hardly 1 mm long; sepals about 0.7-0.9 mm long. Petals are narrowly spoon-shaped, 1.5 mm long; fruit an ovoid silicula, 2-2.5 mm long, 2-seeded, scabrous, tip narrowed, curved away from axis. Syrian Mustard is a weed of saffron fields, road sides and on dry ground in wastelands in Kashmir. it is native to SE Europe to India.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Hazuri Bagh, Srinagar, Kashmir.

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