Malcolmia africana (L.) R.Br.
Summary:An annual herb to 30 cm with star shaped hairs, 4 lilac petalled, 1 cm wide flowers and long narrow pods on very short stalks held away from the stem.
Two. Elongated oval to diamond shaped. Tip pointed. Edges smooth. Base tapered. Hairless. Petiole shorter than the blade.
First leaves:Diamond to oval shaped. Tip pointed. Edges with tiny teeth. Base tapered. Sparse star shaped hairs. Edges of the third and later leaves usually lobed.
Petiole - Yes. Shorter on upper leaves. Hairy.
Blade - Edges narrowly lobed or toothed from the third leaf on. Surface rough to touch. Base tapered. Tip pointed to round pointed. Tiny star shaped hairs.
Stem leaves - Oval, usually toothed rather than lobed. Petiole becomes progressively shorter up the stem.
Stems:Flower stem - Up to 300 mm tall, sparsely branched. Sparse star like hairs.
Flower head:Flowers alternate up the branches. In rows.
Flowers:4 lilac petals. Stalked. 10 mm diameter
Petals - 4. Lilac.
Fruit:Narrow pod, 30-60 mm long with two tiny horns at the tip. Held away from the stem.
Seeds:Brown, dull, cylindrical, 1 mm long, 0.5 mm wide. Tip rounded. Edges smooth. Base indented. Stripe down one side.
Key Characters:4 petalled lilac flowers.
Pod narrow with 2 horns.
Flowering times:Seed Biology and Germination:
Population Dynamics and Dispersal:
Origin and History:
Europe, North Africa, South West Asia.
Courtesy Australia's Virtual Herbarium.
Weed of crops, pasture and disturbed areas.
Management and Control:As for Wild Radish.
Manually remove isolated plants.
Prevent seed set. Spray small infested areas with 10 g/ha Eclipse® plus 500mL/ha of Brodal® plus 1% spray oil in winter each year.
Most of the Brassicaceae weeds have dormant seeds that continue to germinate throughout the season and for several years. They often mature and set seed very quickly. Manual removal is effective but must be done at least every 8-10 weeks. Once pods are formed, seed will often mature even if the plant has been uprooted. Soil disturbance often leads to a flush of seedlings.
Many are somewhat unpalatable, so grazing only offers partial control. They often flourish in under-grazed, sunny areas.
In bushland situations, fairly selective control can be achieved with 100 mL spray oil plus 0.1 g Eclipse® or 0.5 g Logran® in 10 L water. 5 mL Brodal® is often added to this mix to provide residual control of seedlings. Spray the plants until just wet from the seedling stage up to pod formation.
Isolated plants should be removed manually and burnt if flowering or seeding and a 10 m buffer area sprayed with 10 mL Brodal® in 10 L water.
500 mL/ha of glyphosate(450g/L) can be used at flowering to reduce the seed set of most species on roadsides without causing significant damage to most native plants.
Wick application with 1 part glyphosate(450g/L) in 2 parts water or overall spraying with 100 mL glyphosate(450g/L) in 10 L water provides reasonable control of most Brassicaceae species though Wild Radish tends to regrow.
Herbicide resistance:None reported.
Biological Control:Related plants:
Flax-leaf Alyssum (Alyssum linifolium)
Wall Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana)
Black Mustard (Brassica nigra)
Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica)
Brussels Sprouts (Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera)
Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata)
Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis)
Chinese Cabbage (Brassica chinensis)
Indian Mustard (Brassica juncea)
Kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala)
Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes)
Mediterranean Turnip (Brassica tournefortii)
Rape or Canola (Brassica napus var. napus)
Rapeseed (Brassica rapa var. sylvestris)
Savoy cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. sabauda)
Smooth Stemmed Turnip (Brassica barrelieri subsp. oxyrrhina was Brassica oxyrrhina)
Swede (Brassica napus var. napobrassica)
Turnip (Brassica rapa var. rapa)
Twiggy Turnip (Brassica fruticulosa)
Winter Rape (Brassica napus var. biennis)
Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima)
White Ball Mustard (Calepina irregularis)
Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
Common Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)
Wood Bittercress (Cardamine flexuosa) is not in WA.
Ward's Weed (Carrichtera annua)
Wall Rocket (Diplotaxis muralis)
Sand Rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia)
Oval Purse (Hornungia procumbens was Hymenobolus procumbens)
Argentine Peppercress (Lepidium bonariense) is often found around granite rocks.
Common Peppercress (Lepidium africanum) is common in WA.
Field Cress (Lepidium campestre) has clasping stem leaves.
Garden Cress (Lepidium sativa)
Hoary Cress (Lepidium draba was Cardaria draba)
Lesser Swinecress (Lepidium didymum was Coronopus didymus)
Matted Peppercress (Lepidium pubescens)
Perennial Peppercress (Lepidium latifolium)
Virginian Peppercress (Lepidium virginicum)
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
Common Stock (Matthiola incana)
Night-scented Stock (Matthiola longipetala)
Muskweed (Myagrum perfoliatum) is not in WA.
Ball mustard (Neslia paniculata)
Cultivated Radish (Raphanus sativus).
Sea Radish (Raphanus maritimus).
Turnip Weed (Rapistrum rugosum)
Watercress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)
White Mustard (Sinapis alba) has white seed.
Charlock (Sinapis arvensis)
Sisymbrium altissimum is not in WA.
Smooth Mustard (Sisymbrium erysimoides)
London Rocket (Sisymbrium irio)
Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)
Indian Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium orientale)0
African Turnip Weed (Sisymbrium thellungii) is not in WA.
Succowia balearica is in Kings Park in Perth.
Plants of similar appearance:Radish, Turnip and Mustard
References:Bodkin, F. (1986). Encyclopaedia Botanica. (Angus and Robertson, Australia).
Everist, S.L. (1974). Poisonous Plants of Australia. (Angus and Robertson, Sydney).
Lazarides, M. and Cowley, K. and Hohnen, P. (1997). CSIRO handbook of Australian Weeds. (CSIRO, Melbourne). #624.1.
Moerkerk, M.R. and Barnett, A.G. (1998). More Crop Weeds. R.G. and F.J. Richardson, Melbourne. P70. Diagrams. Photos.
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