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Oilseed Rape

Brassica napus

Plant Data

Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Clusters of bright yellow flowers, up to 3cm each.
Fruit:
An elongated, 2-parted fruit capsule, or pod. The pods split open at maturity to release the seeds. Each half of the pod has a protruding single vein along its length. This feature distinguishes Oilseed Rape from other brassica species which have between 3 and 7 veins.
Leaves:
Bluish-green leaves, smooth and not hairy. The bases of the upper leaves clasp the stem. The leaf margins have rounded serrations (scalloped).
Maximum Size:
150cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. The seeds can also be eaten. An edible oil can be obtained from the seeds. Young stems can be cooked and eaten in a similar way as broccoli.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bird Rape, Birdseed Rape, Colza, Field Mustard, Keblock, Turnip Rape.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, wasteland, waterside.