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Brassica rapa (birdsrape mustard, field mustard)

Brassica rapa
Brassica rapa
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Brassica rapa (birdsrape mustard, field mustard) is a winter annual herb (family Brassicaceae) located throughout California. Birdsrape is resistant to frost and mild freezes and is an aggressive plant that grows profusely and may produce allelopathic chemicals that inhibit germination of native plants. Buried seeds can survive 50 years or more.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Resources on Brassica rapa

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • None for this species.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • Archbald, G. (1998). Mechanical control methods: beyond weed bashing. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '98. Ontario, CA.
  • Lair, K., N. Ritter, et al. (2006). Restoration of retired San Joaquin Valley farmlands using herbicides and activated charcoal. Cal-IPC Symposium. Rohnert Park, CA.

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