Page author: David Giblin
Conringia orientalis
hare's-ear mustard, treacle mustard
Specimens
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Distribution: In scattered locations across Washington; distributed throughout much of North America.

Habitat: Roadsides and waste places.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Glabrous, glaucous annual, the simple stem 3-7 dm. tall.

Leaves:

Basal leaves obovate to oblanceolate, narrowed gradually to the base, entire, 5-9 cm. long; cauline leaves alternate, oblong-lanceolate, sessile and cordate-clasping.

Flowers:

Inflorescence a few-flowered, flat-topped, bractless raceme, becoming elongate and loose; pedicles ascending, 10-15 mm. long; sepals 4, erect, 6-8 mm. long, acute, the lateral pair basally saccate; petals 4, cream to lemon, 7-12 mm. long, slenderly clawed, the blades narrowly obovate; stamens 6; style thick, 1 mm. long.

Fruits:

Siliques linear, terete, 8-13 cm. long and 1.5-2 mm. thick, tapered to a slender tip.