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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Brassicales

Familia: Brassicaceae
Tribus: Descurainieae
Genus: Descurainia
Species: D. adenophora – D. antarctica – D. artemisioides – D. athrocarpa – D. bourgaeana – D. brevisiliqua – D. californica – D. canoensis – D. cleefii – D. depressa – D. erodiifolia – D. gilva – D. gonzalezii – D. hartwegiana – D. impatiens – D. incana – D. incisa – D. kenheilii – D. kochii – D. lemsii – D. longipedicellata – D. millefolia – D. myriophylla – D. nelsonii – D. nuttallii – D. obtusa – D. paradisa – D. pimpinellifolia – D. pinnata – D. preauxiana – D. sophia – D. sophioides – D. streptocarpa – D. stricta – D. tanacetifolia – D. torulosa – D. virletii
Source(s) of checklist:

Koch, M.A. et al. 2019. Descurainia in BrassiBase Tools and biological resources to study characters and traits in the Brassicaceae. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 May 31.


Descurainia Webb ex Berth. Hist. Nat. Iles Canaries (Phytogr.). 3(2, 1): 72. (1836) nom. cons.

Type species: Descurainia sophia (L.) Webb ex Prantl Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(2[4]): 192. (1891)


Sophia Adans. Fam. Pl. 2: 417. (1763) nom. rej.
Hugueninia Rchb. Fl. Germ. Excurs. 2: 691. (1832) nom. rej.


Webb, P.B. 1836. Histoire Naturelle des Iles Canaries, ...Tome troisieme [Botanique] pt. 2. Phytographia Canariensis. Paris 3(2, 1): 72.
Al-Shehbaz, I.A. 2012. A synopsis of the South American Descurainia and description of the Colombian new species D. cleefii (Brassicaceae). Harvard Papers in Botany 17(2): 221–229. DOI: 10.3100/025.017.0202
Goodson, B.E., Santos-Guerra, A. & Jansen, R.K. 2006. Molecular systematics of Descurainia (Brassicaceae) in the Canary Islands: biogeographic and taxonomic implications. Taxon 55: 671–682. Full text from ResearchGate
Goodson, B.E. & Al-Shehbaz, I.A. 2007. Two new combinations in North American Descurainia (Brassicaceae). Harvard Papers in Botany 12(2): 421–423. DOI: 10.3100/1043-4534(2007)12[421:TNCINA]2.0.CO;2
Goodson, B.E., Rehman, S.K. & Jansen, R.K. 2011. Molecular systematics and biogeography of Descurainia (Brassicaceae) based on nuclear ITS and non-coding chloroplast DNA. Systematic Botany 36(4): 957–980. Full text PDF from ResearchGate
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Descurainia. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 5 2017.
Koch, M.A. et al. 2017. Descurainia in BrassiBase Tools and biological resources to study characters and traits in the Brassicaceae. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Jan. 5.
Tropicos.org 2017. Descurainia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2017 Jan. 5.
Vural, C. 2009. A new combination in Descurainia (Brassicaceae) from Turkey. Annales Botanici Fennici 46(1): 65–66). Full text PDF

Vernacular names
башҡортса: Нигеҙут
čeština: úhorník
dansk: Vejsennep
Deutsch: Besenrauken
English: Tansymustards
suomi: Litutillit
hornjoserbsce: Rukej
lietuvių: Poklius
polski: Stulicha
русский: Дескурайния, Кружевница
slovenčina: úhorník
svenska: Stillfrösläktet
中文: 播娘蒿属

Descurainia is a genus of plants in the family Brassicaceae which are known commonly as the tansymustards.[1] The genus name commemorates French botanist and herbalist François Descurain (1658–1749). The plants are similar in appearance to other mustards, sending up long erect stems and bearing small yellow or whitish flowers. Many species are noxious weeds. Some species are toxic to livestock and become a nuisance when they grow in grazing fields. Plants of this genus are found worldwide in temperate regions. Descurainia sophia, (flixweed or herb sophia), is the type species of Descurainia.

Selected species:

Descurainia antarctica - Tierra del Fuego tansymustard
Descurainia bourgaeana
Descurainia californica - Sierra tansymustard
Descurainia incana - mountain tansymustard
Descurainia obtusa - blunt tansymustard
Descurainia paradisa - paradise tansymustard
Descurainia pinnata - western tansymustard
Descurainia ramosissima - Villa Grove tansymustard
Descurainia sophia - flixweed, herb-Sophia or tansy
Descurainia sophioides - northern tansymustard
Descurainia torulosa - Wind River tansymustard


"Descurainia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 17 January 2016.

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