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tumble mustard
Sisymbrium altissimum L.


Sisymbrium altissimum is an annual/biennial herb native to Eurasia. Plants can reach almost 5 ft. (1.5 m) in height.
Cauline (stem) leaves are alternate, 0.5-5 in. (1.3-12.7 cm) long and decrease in size up the stem.
Flowering occurs in late spring to summer, when small, 4-petaled, yellow to white flowers develop in groups at the apex of the stems.
Fruits are narrow seed pods that are 2-4 in. (5-10 cm) long and contain more than 120 seeds.
Ecological Threat
Sisymbrium altissimum was first seen in the United States in 1878 in Philadelphia; seeds were probably introduced accidentally in ship ballast. Plants invade fields, open forests, and other disturbed open areas.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Capparales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Sisymbrium

Other System Links

Plants: SIAL2
Bayer: SSYAL
GRIN: 34451
ITIS: 23312
NPDN Host: 36472

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
tall tumblemustard, Jim Hill mustard, tall mustard, tumbleweed mustard

Related Scientific Names:

Norta altissima L.(Synonym)


Category: Forbs/Herbs