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Herbs, annual, biennial or perennial with slender taproot, erect or prostrate, subglabrous or with simple hairs; stems simple, leafy, branched from base. Leaves simple or pinnatifid. Racemes short, corymbose, bracteate or not; flowers small, greenish white or yellow. Sepals erecto-patent or spreading. Petals obovate-oblong or oblanceolate, shortly clawed. Stamens 6; filaments linear. Fruit a laterally compressed silicula, ovoid-oblong or ellipsoid, somewhat inflated, bilocular, dehiscent; valves convex, turgid, not winged. Seeds biseriate, few to many, subcompressed, verrucose or papillose.

Chiefly distributed in the northern hemisphere; about 25 species, 2 in India.


1a. Leaves lanceolate, pinnatifid; fruits globose 1. Cochlearia cochlearioides
b. Leaves ovate, not pinnatifid; fruits ellipsoid 2. Cochlearia himalaica

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