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Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)


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Hedge Mustard is a straggly plant. The tiny yellow flowers are only about 3 mm diameter with four tiny petals. The leaves at the base of the stem are wide and deeply lobed. Those higher on the stem are long and arrow-shaped. The flower-heads elongate as the fruits form. The fruits are ribbed and hairy with a short beak. They overlap and are pressed close to the stem. The stem is rigid and bristly with branches almost at right angles to the main stem. It was widely used in France as a sore throat cure and to restore a lost voice. In England it has beed used as an asthma cure as well as in sauces for flavouring fish. It is common on waste ground and arable land and flowers from May to September. Picture taken at Bromham, Bedfordshire - May 16th 2006.

29th May 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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