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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Yellow Wild Flowers  > Raphanus raphanistrum
                                                                                     ssp. maritimus

  • Close up of flower
  • Overall view of plant, showing both flowers and leaves
  • Close up of developing seed pods

Scientific Name:   Raphanus raphanistrum
                               ssp. maritimus

Common Name:   Sea Radish

Raphanus raphanistrum ssp. maritimus is very much a coastal plant, rarely being found growing inland. It is common on the western coasts of England and on Welsh coasts but is uncommon in the east. It can be found on the south western Scottish coasts but not in the north or the east.

This is one of those plants which can be a small straggling thing with a few flowers to a large bush. Yellow crucifers can be difficult to identify but Raphanus raphanistrum has very characteristic fruits which you can see in the third photo above. Ssp. maritimus is the commonest of the sub species.

From May to July its yellow flowers (20mm across) are held in terminal heads, the lower buds opening first and leaving behind them pods which have up to five beaded segments and which are not easily broken. The lower leaves are pinnate, the upper being narrow and entire. This is a native plant and belongs to the family Brassicaceae.
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