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Descurainia pinnata  (Walter) Britton  ssp. brachycarpa  (Richardson) Detling
Western tansymustard
Descurainia pinnata ssp. brachycarpa is an annual herb that is native to California.
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Parent: Descurainia pinnata
Genus: Descurainia
Family: Brassicaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSDescurainia brachycarpa
PLANTSDescurainia pinnata var. brachycarpa
PLANTSSisymbrium brachycarpum
PLANTSSophia brachycarpa
Information about  Descurainia pinnata ssp. brachycarpa from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[swbiodiversity.org] Identification Details: Except for having numerous instead of one or few stems from the base, Descurainia ramosissima is indistinguishable from D. pinnata subsp. brachycarpa in every aspect of indumentum, leaf morphology, flower size, seed size and arrangement, and fruit size and orientation. Plants of the type collections (Rollins et al. 8349, holotype GH, isotypes GH, MO) are infected with white rust, a fungus disease rarely encountered elsewhere in North American Descurainia. It is not known if this unusual branching is inherited or disease-related, but it should not be used as the main reason for recognizing a species separate from D. brachycarpa. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/17/2024).