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Chorispora tenella (Pallas) DC., Syst. Nat. 2: 435. 1821; Hook. f. & T. Anderson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 166. 1872. Raphanus tenellus Pallas, Reise 3(2): 741. 1776.


Eng.: Blue-mustard.

Herbs, annual, 15 - 50 cm high; stem and leaves glandular hairy. Basal leaves rosulate, oblanceolate, sinuate-toothed, petioled, 4 - 7 x 1.5 - 1.75 cm; upper leaves lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, shortly stalked to sessile, irregularly dentate to subentire, 2 - 8 x 0.3 - 2 cm. Racemes lax, up to 20 cm long in fruit; flowers distant, light purple; pedicels 3 - 4 mm long in fruit. Sepals oblong, 5 - 6 mm long, hairy outside near apex. Petals entire, 10 - 11 x 2 mm. Fruits cylindrical, more or less torulose, 20 - 30 x 1.5 - 2 mm, spreading, gradually tapering towards apex, breaking transversely into several 2-seeded parts, sparsely glandular hairy; stylar beak subulate, 15 - 25 mm long; stigma bilobed. Seeds 1.5 - 1.75 x 0.3 mm, brown.

Fl. & Fr. May - Aug.

Distrib. India: On dry hill slopes, roadsides, waste places, fields and open range lands. Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

Central and S.W. Asia, Europe and America.




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