Name derivation uncertain
Annual, biennial or perennial herbs rarely aquatic. Leaves simple or divided. Flowers in terminal clusters, inner sepals with sacs; stamens mostly 6, rarely 4. Fruit a siliqua, mostly linear and beakless, the valves with an inconspicuous midvein; seeds usually in 2 rows in each chamber.
Yellow flowers; seeds in 2 rows in each chamber.
About 70 species, cosmopolitan (Australia has 4 endemic species and 3 species naturalised).
Source: (1997). Brassicaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.