Biennial from a taproot and a simple stem-base; stems 20-80 cm tall, coarse, erect, angled and branched.
Basal leaves pinnately lobed, long-stalked, less than 12 cm long, with 1-2 pairs of lateral lobes, terminal lobe largest, egg-shaped and entire or irregularly toothed; stalks and leaflets glabrous; lowermost stem leaves with 1-2 pairs of lateral lobes, upper generally lobed, not pinnately cleft.
In single and terminal racemes or more often in compound, reduced racemes in lower leaf axils; flower stalks slender, less than 1 mm wide, 3-5 mm long; petals bright yellow, spoon-shaped to oblanceolate, 6-8 mm long; sepals pale yellow-green, about 2 mm long.
Erect to ascending siliques, 1-3 cm long, straight; styles 2-3 mm long, distinctly beaklike; seeds 1-1.5 mm long, oblong.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Barbarea arcuata (Opiz ex J. Presl & C. Presl) Rchb.
Barbarea stricta auct. non Andrz.
Barbarea vulgaris var. arcuata (Opiz ex J. Presl & C. Presl) Fr.
Barbarea vulgaris var. brachycarpa Rouy & Foucaud
Barbarea vulgaris var. longisiliquosa Carion
Barbarea vulgaris var. sylvestris Fr.
Campe barbarea (L.) W. Wight ex Piper
Campe stricta auct. non (Andrz.) W. Wight ex Piper