Brassica rapa

Scientific name: Brassica rapa L. subsp. rapa
Synonym: Brassica campestris L.
Botanical family: BRASSICACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)


  • turnip

Botanical description

Biennial herb, almost without stem before flowering.  Leaves pinnatifid, up to 60 cm long, with terminal lobe larger and rounded and the lower lobes smaller; inflorescence a raceme, flowers with four yellow petals; fruit dry, dehiscent; roots globose or elongated, skin white, white and purple, green or yellowish, the flesh white or yellow.







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