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Brassica juncea   (L. ) Czern.
Cowley County, Kansas
Height: 1 - 3 feet
Family: Brassicaceae - Mustard Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July, August, September,October
Stems: Erect, simple or branched above, glabrous, glaucous.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, glabrous, glaucous; basal leaves 4 to 8 inches long, deeply lobed, on stalks; margins with coarse or rounded teeth directed outward; upper leaves progressively smaller, lanceolate to oblong, sessile or on short stalks; margins with short teeth or entire.
Inflorescences: Racemes, long, terminal, on slender, spreading stalks.
Flowers: Yellow, about .5 inch across; petals 4, sepals 4.
Fruits: Pod, long, narrow, 1 to 3 inches long, several-seeded, ascending or spreading, prominent nerve on each valve, beak conical, less than one quarter length of body.
Habitat: Waste areas, roadsides, gardens, and cultivated fields.
Distribution: Principally in the east half of Kansas.
Origin: This weedy species is a native of eastern Europe and western Asia.
Toxicity: The seeds can be toxic to livestock.
Forage Value: Deer will consume the foilage.
Uses: Early pioneers are said to have eaten the young shoots after boiling them.
 See Brassica kaber , a related species.

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