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Hirschfeldia incana  (L.) Lagr.-Fossat
Mediterranean hoary mustard,   Short podded mustard,   Summer mustard,   Wild mustard
Hirschfeldia incana is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: moderate
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Genus: Hirschfeldia
Family: Brassicaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Habitat: disturbed

Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEF + PLANTSBrassica geniculata
PLANTSBrassica incana
PLANTSSinapis incana
iNatBrassica nigra
Information about  Hirschfeldia incana from other sources

[Wikipedia] Native to the Mediterranean Basin: Hirschfeldia incana (formerly Brassica geniculata) is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family known by many common names, including shortpod mustard, buchanweed, hoary mustard[1] and Mediterranean mustard.[2] It is the only species in the monotypic genus Hirschfeldia, which is closely related to Brassica.[3] The species is native to the Mediterranean Basin but it can be found in many parts of the world as an introduced species and often a very abundant noxious weed.[4] This mustard is very similar in appearance to black mustard, but is generally shorter.[5] It forms a wide basal rosette of lobed leaves which lie flat on the ground, and it keeps its leaves while flowering.[6] Its stem and foliage have soft white hairs. Unlike black mustard, H. incana is a perennial plant.[5] Its leaves are edible and traditionally were used in some areas as a leaf vegetable.[7] (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


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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: 07/12/2024).