The cruciferous women

The cruciferous women

Question: what are cruciferous women?


I am a botany enthusiast. I would like to know which plants are cruciferae and whether they are on your site. thanks


The cruciferous women: Answer: the cruciferous women


Dear Davide,
the name Crucifere is a bit old-fashioned, even if it is correctly used even today in botany; in fact in the APG classification they are now called Brassicaceae; the name cruciferae referred to the typical flower of the species, meaning bearers of the cross, and in fact the small flowers of varied color are characterized by 4 small petals arranged in a cross shape; the name brassicaceae refers to the type genus of the family, or the genus brassica. Brassicaceae are usually herbaceous plants, of small dimensions, widespread in most of the globe (even in their natural state, and not only because many of them are cultivated as aromatic herbs or vegetables from the garden), although there are some shrubby brassicas. . There are so many cruciferous and most of these are widespread in the garden, such as brassicas, ie broccoli, cabbage, broccoli, turnip greens, turnips, radishes, Chinese cabbage, watercress, horseradish (even wasabi is obtained from a root of a crucifera = brassicacea). Of many of the plants mentioned above you can find more descriptions in the section dedicated to the vegetable garden. The small flowers of the crucifers are very pleasant, and the flowering of the garden varieties is so abundant as to cover the whole plant in spring; for this reason many cruciferous plants are typical perennial, or annual, garden plants; typical examples Iberis and Aubrezia, small plants with white and pink or lilac flowers, used in flower beds but also in vases. The cruciferae also include many other species of garden flowering plants: alyssum, erisimum, lepidium, matthiola, cheiranthus, lobularia, lunaria. And the list could go on and on; those written above are only the most well-known and widespread, often as hybrid varieties, with particularly colorful or large flowers, or with very abundant flowering. Also some garden crucifers you can find some articles on, in particular in the garden plants section, perennials and annuals. Since you are passionate about botany, I advise you to deepen the part concerning systematic botany initially; since Linnaeus, some centuries ago, laid the foundations of this science alone, so many things have changed, and although some of Linnaeus's classifications are still valid, over the centuries there have been a series of scientific innovations that have allowed us to give life to the APG System; it is a classification system based on genetic and phylogenetic bases: while Linnaeus (and many other botanists after him) classified plants through morphological characteristics of flowers or leaves, the apg system studies their DNA. This system is therefore almost unique and can be applied to any plant; the first publication of the apg system is in 1998, there have already been two revisions, one in 2003 and one in 2008. Today in botany the APG III system should therefore be used.