FORM Pungent herbs annual, biennial or perennial many crop plants.
Species 3200 in our area 138 (Gray); 133 (B&B)43
Distribution north temperate regions
Flowers Perfect, with 4 spreading petals and 4 sepals in a cross-like arrangement hence the former family name of Cruciferae; fruits pod-like capsules, splitting lengthwise in two. Flowers in racemes
#Parts sepals and petals 4 in the form of a cross, 6 stamens of which 2 are shorter than the other 4.
Crop plants in this family include cabbage, radish, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and turnips.