Yellow-flowered volunteer

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Ken R, May 17, 2007.

  1. Ken R

    Ken R Active Member

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    How about this yellow-flowered fellow that has turned up in a few places in my garden, including in my rock wall.

    Can you name it?
     

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Looks like something in the family Brassicaceae, the closest matches I can find being Camelina or Rorippa (but not definitely one of those).
     
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    Weedbender Active Member 10 Years

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    Ken, have a look at Barbarea vulgaris
    Common Winter Cress
     
  4. Ken R

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    I agree that it's in the Brassicaceae.

    It doesn't seem to have the distinct lower leaves of Barbarea vulgaris, although that species seems variable based on descriptions on the 'net.

    I notice that the stems and undersides of the leaves feel rough.

    I've looked through some NE US wildflower guides but can't find a match. Sometimes that means it's an escaped garden flower and sometimes a plant at the northern end of its range here in Virginia. (Sometimes it means I've overlooked the obvious.)

    Here's another (hopefully better) shot showing the simple, entire leaves.
     

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