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Rocket-salad - Eruca vesicaria
Other Names:  Eruca sativa

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Taprooted annual. Stems erect, branched, 20–50 cm. Basal leaves petiolate, oblanceolate 8–20 cm long, pinnately lobed. Stem leaves short-petiolate or sessile, reduced upward. Vestiture of stiff simple, often retrorse hairs. Inflorescence an ebracteate, sparsely pubescent raceme. Flowers pale yellow; petals 3–6 mm long with dark veins. Fruit a beaked silique; the body 10–17 × 2–5 mm, reticulate veined; the beak flat, 5–10 mm long; seeds in 2 rows per locule; pedicels erect, 2–4 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Native to Europe; our only collection was made in 1898 in Flathead County (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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Habitat
Introduced in much of southern U.S. as a salad herb (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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