Species: Charlock (Sinapis arvensis)

Family: Cabbages (BRASSICACEAE or CRUCIFERAE)

Category: Flowering Plants

Location: NE

A. Flowering Plants

More extensive information on flowering plants can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Cabbages (BRASSICACEAE or CRUCIFERAE)

This family has many agricultural plants of culinary usefulness, each with the characteristic four-petalled cruciform flowers.

C. Charlock (Sinapis arvensis)

Charlock - also known as Charlock Mustard, Field Mustard and Wild Mustard is an annual plant that achieves a metre in height. The stems are erect and hairy towards the base. It has oblong, oval leaves.

The plant's flower heads are heavily clustered with buds, and individual flowers have four yellow petals. It resembles Rape, and is very similar to Cabbage, all three belonging to the same family.

The plant is common in Britain, often found on waste ground and roadsides.

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Charlock

Charlock's flower heads are heavily clustered with buds, and each flower has four yellow petals. It resembles Rape, and is very similar to Cabbage, all three belonging to the same family.