E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Sisymbrium altissimum L.
tall tumble-mustard (tall tumblemustard)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, 0.2-1.5 m tall, freely branched, sparsely to heavily stiff-hairy near the base but usually glabrous above.
Basal leaves broadly lanceolate to oblanceolate, 3-20 cm long, 0.8-5 cm wide, stalked; lower stem leaves lobed or pinnately-cut, toothed; upper stem leaves with lobes or leaflets threadlike to linear.
Inflorescence of spreading or ascending stalks, 4-10 mm long, stout; petals pale yellowish, 6-8 mm long; sepals 3-4.5 mm long, glabrous, outer 2 with erect horns at tip.
Siliques, spreading, linear, 5-10 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, about same diameter as fruiting stalks, round in cross section, rigid and branchlike; segments with prominent midnerve, evident lateral nerves; stylar beaks none; seeds uniseriate, about 1 mm long, slightly gelatinous when wet.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry fields and waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Sisymbrium altissimum

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 335 696 2290
Slope Gradient (%) 0 19 86
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 173 346
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(28), ICH(1), IDF(20), PP(25)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Norta altissima (L.) Britton

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