Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage, Turnip family).
Native of Europe.
Occurrence: Scattered. Less common than some of the other yellow-flowered members of the cabbage family.
- the leaves at the base of the plant have several side lobes
- the lower leaves are bristly on both sides
- the fruit are short (1 to 2 cm long) and are held close to the stems
- the fruit is slightly contracted between the seeds
- the fruit is almost square in cross section
- the fruit ends in a "beak" which is about as long as the seed-bearing part
- the seeds are dark red-brown.
Distinguishing features are the short fruit which grow close to the stems, and the relatively long beak on the fruit.
Photo: Branches of Black Mustard. Forest Creek,