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Common name

English: Garlic mustard

German: Knoblauchsrauke

Portuguese: Erva-alheira


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Capparales (35)

        Family: Brassicaceae (32)(family description)

          Genus: Alliaria (1)

            Epithet: petiolata (M.Bieb.) Cavara & Grande (1)

Synonyms: Alliaria aculeolata (M.Bieb.) Cavara & Grande, Alliaria alboi Sennen, Alliaria alliacea Britten & Rendle, Alliaria alliaria (L.) Britton, Alliaria fuchsii Rupr., Alliaria mathioli Rupr., Alliaria officinalis Andrz., Arabis alliaria Bernh., Arabis petiolata M.Bieb., Clypeola alliacea Crantz, Crucifera alliaria (Linnaeus) E.H.L.Krause, Erysimum alliaceum Salisb., Erysimum alliaria L., Erysimum cordifolium Pall., Hesperis alliaria (Linnaeus) Lamarck, Sisymbrium alliaceum Salisb., Sisymbrium alliaria (L.) Scop.

cordifolium => with heart-shaped leaves

fuchsii => in honor of Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566), German physician and botanist

officinalis => of practical use to man; official species in commerce, especially for medicinal purposes

petiolata => having petioles, not sessile, distinctly petiolate


Climate: temperate

Habit: herb

Flower colour: white

External links

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