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  Brassica rapa L. cv. group Vegetable Turnip
  Family Name : Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

  Synonyms : Brassica rapa var. rapa

  Common Names : Turnip

  Chinese Name : 芜菁, 大头菜, 圆根

  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Biennial, Annual
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      20 cm to 50 cm
  • Biogeography
    • Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal, Highland / Montane
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Roots: It has stout taproot, often fusiform to tuberous(turnips).
      Foliage: Leaves very variable. depending on the cultivar, growing in a rosette during the vegetative stage; basal leaves more or less petioled, bright green, lyrate-pinnatipartite, dentate, crenate or sinuate with large terminal lobe and up to 5 pairs of rather small lateral lobes; lower cauline leaves sessile, clasping, pinnatifid; upper cauline leaves sessile, clasping, undivided, glaucous, entire to dentate.
      Flowers: Inflorescence a loosely corymbiform raceme with open flowers over-topping the buds.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Leaves; Edible Roots; Edible Storage Organs)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: All products, the foliage as well as the root of vegetable turnip, are fresh vegetables, consumed boiled or fresh in salads.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Landscape Uses :
      Small Gardens, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Economic Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water, Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Root Type :
      Underground (Tap Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
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