Scientific Description:

Annuals, biennials or perennials. Indumentum of stellate hairs, often lepidote or sublepidote; simple setae occasionally present. Leaves simple, entire, without persistent, swollen bases. Inflorescence racemose, corymbose, paniculate or subumbellate. Sepals erect, free, monomorphic or dimorphic and appearing connate, never saccate nor forming a cup-shaped calyx. Petals yellow or sometimes whitish. Long filaments unilaterally or bilaterally winged, or wingless. Nectaries one at each side of the short filaments. Siliculae dehiscent or indehiscent, loculi 1−8-ovulate with nearly apical, or distinctly lateral placentation; valves compressed or inflated. Seeds often mucilaginous.



Dudley TR (1965). Alyssum L., In: Davis PH (ed.), Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 1: 362.

Public Description:

Alyssum, common name “alyssum”, is a genus of annual or perennial herbaceous plants or (rarely) small shrubs. It is native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean region. There are approximately 207 species in the word and 99 species (110 taxa) in Türkiye. These plants have clusters of small yellow or white flowers.



Anonymous 1 (2015)., Accessed date: 24.12.2015.

Anonymous 2 (2015)., Accessed date: 24.12.2015.

Anonymous 3 (2015)., Accessed date: 24.12.2015.

Mutlu B (2012). Alyssum L., In: Güner, A., Aslan, S., Ekim, T., Vural, M. & Babaç, M.T. (eds.), Türkiye Bitkileri Listesi (Damarlı Bitkiler). Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanik Bahçesi ve Flora Araştırmaları Derneği Yayını. İstanbul, pp. 249−256.

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