Plant A Day – Common Dogmustard

Common Dogmustard Erucastrum gallicum

Common Dogmustard
Erucastrum gallicum

Erucastrum gallicum is a rather weedy looking plant that is not native to North America.  In Indiana, it’s not very common but is continuing to expand its range.  According to various range maps, it doesn’t seem to be too common anywhere in North America.  This is the only member of its genus found in North America.  It’s not very pretty or noticeable.

In spite of the boring nature of the plant, taxonomists have had a field day.   According to The Plant List, which is a collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden, there are 19 synonyms for Erucastrum gallicum!  The following is a table of synonyms copied from The Plant List web page:

They have long thin pods

They have long thin pods

Basal rosette

Basal rosette

Stem leaf

Stem leaf

Flowers and seedpods on the same plant

Flowers and seedpods on the same plant

Whole plant

Whole plant

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