Neslia Desv.

Neslia is a monotypic genus originally native to southeastern Europe, the Mediterranean area, southwestern Asia and North Africa. Its single species, Neslia paniculata, is nowadays widely distributed as an agricultural weed.
Neslia is superficially similar to Camelina (colour of petals, indumentum, leaf and silicula shape, etc.). However, in Neslia fruits are distinctly reticulate-veined and petals tend to be brighter yellow.
Although morphologically quite different, molecular studies have shown that Neslia is closely related to Arabidopsis and Capsella (tribe Camelineae; Al-Shehbaz et al. 2006).


Al-Shehbaz I.A., Beilstein M.A. & Kellogg E.A. (2006) Systematics and phylogeny of the Brassicaceae (Cruciferae): an overview. Pl. Syst. Evol. 259: 89-120. [available online at:]
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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith