Mustard (05/25/2013) Mustard has delightful little flowers with four pedals. They were called crucifereae (a cross) but deep seated prejudice in the Botany community caused a name change.
This gallery shows images of flowers in the Brassicaceae family. The Brassicaceae Family includes food staples such as mustard and cabbage along with a variety of native plants. The family contains over 350 genera and about 3000 species. The greatest number of this species are found in the Mediterranean area.
Many of the flowers in this species have four petals in an arrangement that appears like crosses. Older texts referred to the family with the politically incorrect name Cruciferae, and to the plants as crucifers.
Foodwise, the family includes Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Rutabaga, Rapeseed (aka Canola), Collard, Horseradish, Turnip, Radish, Brocolli and Mustard. It also includes some inedible plants like Wasabi that people eat anyway.
The Rocky Mountain Bee Plant and other members of the Cleomaceae family were considered part of the Capparaceae Family (capers). Genetic studies have determined that the plants are are more closely related to the mustard family (Brassicaceae) than the Capers.
With this transition, I decided to make this a gallery for the whole Brassicales Order, and to leave the classification wars to the botanists.