Wild Radish

(Raphanus sativus)
Wild Radish on the Main Post.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Raphanus is a Greek word meaning "appearing rapidly," referring to the seed germination.

Presidio Locations: Found in disturbed areas.

Range In State: Throughout California.

Description: This exotic biennial of the Mustard Family is from southern Asia and has lavender, pink, yellow or white flowers with 4 dark-veined petals. The elliptical and deeply lobed basal leaves and alternating upper leaves have coarse hairs. Wild Radish can reach 3 feet in height and has a taproot somewhat like that of a radish with a distinctive radish odor and taste. Blooms spring and summer.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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