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Turkish rocket (Bunias orientalis)

Turkish rocket Common Names: Hill mustard, Turkish warty-cabbage


Habit: Perennial or biennial semi-rosette plant reaching a height of 1.6-2.9 feet.

Leaves: Lower leaves have large, three-cornered edges or sharp-edged, pinnate with 1-2 pairs of lateral leaflets and a large, clefted terminal leaflet, sometimes entire; upper leaves are entire to pinnatifid.

Stems: Erect, 10-45 in. tall and branched in the upper region as flowering begins. Covered in tubercules (warty bumps) and somewhat hairy.

Flowers: 4-8 mm. long, very fragrant, yellow in color, entire or truncate.

Fruit and seeds: 5-10 mm. long, asymmetrically ovoid, 2-4 seeds, covered with small, irregular protuberances.

Habitat: Native to southern Europe and Russia. Can be found in fields, roadsides, dry grasslands and meadows, railways, and floodplain meadows.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Yellow gardenrocket but can be distinguished by its leaf shape, stem texture, height and fruits.

Monitoring and rapid response: Control should be done in late autumn or before seeds mature. Mechanical/manual control requires two cuttings during the summer.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from NOBANIS: European Network on Invasive Alien Species and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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Common Name:

Turkish rocket

Scientific Name:

Bunias orientalis







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