Home Page > Picture Archives >> Brassicaceae > Eruca vesicaria
Brassica eruca, Brassica hispida, Brassica vesicaria, Eruca aurea, Eruca eruca, Eruca foetida, Eruca glabrescens, Eruca grandiflora, Eruca oleracea, Eruca orthosepala, Eruca permixta, Eruca sylvestris, Euzomum vesicarium, Raphanus eruca, Raphanus vesicarius, Velleruca longistyla
Eruca sativa, jargeer, jirjeer, Lucerne, Rocket
Eruca vesicaria (syn. Brassica vesicaria L.) is a species of Eruca native to the western Mediterranean region, in Morocco, Algeria, Spain and Portugal. It is closely related to Eruca sativa; that species is included in E. vesicaria by some botanists either as a subspecies E. vesicaria subsp. sativa or not distinguished at all; E. vesicaria can be distinguished from E. sativa by its persistent sepals.[+]
It is an annual plant growing to 20–100 cm tall. The leaves are deeply pinnately lobed with four to ten small lateral lobes and a large terminal lobe. The flowers are 2–4 cm diameter, arranged in a corymb, with the typical Brassicaceae flower structure; the petals are creamy white with purple veins, and the stamens yellow; the sepals are persistent after the flower opens. The fruit is a siliqua (pod) 12–25 mm long with an apical beak, and containing several seeds.
QNHG (Qatar Natural History Group) and associated people, for a possibility to participate in their field excursions and to learn about local nature.