Synonyms: Brassica arvensis, Brassica kaber
Common names: wild mustard; canola; charlock mustard; common mustard; crunch-weed; field kale; field mustard; kedlock; rapeseed
Sinapis arvensis (wild mustard, charlock) is an annual herb (family Brassicaceae) that is native to the Mediterranean region and naturalized in California and many other parts of the world. It can grow up to more than 1 m tall and has yellow flowers that are typical of mustards. Unlike many other mustards, plants do not have a basal rosette. Basal leaves are lobed while cauline leaves are reduced and dentate; fruits are up to about 4.5 cm long, not hairy, and pointed upward (but not appressed as with black mustard). Stems are sometimes reddish, branched, with coarse hairs. Wild mustard grows in disturbed places and is rarely found in undisturbed wildlands. Seeds are toxic to most mammals.Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?
CDFA Rating: None?
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Weed Management Notes
- Management Notes - Information on management techniques and effectiveness from the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Weed Research & Information Center.
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Other Sinapis arvensis Information
- Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
- CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
- Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
- CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
- EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
- GBIF - Global distribution information.
- Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
- USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
- The Plant List - Global taxonomic resource and collaborative clearinghouse from Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Missouri Botanic Garden and others.