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Picture of Stinkweed Plant press of Stinkweed
Thlaspi arvense L.


Plant Description:

  • Introduced, weedy species growing up to 40 cm tall
  • Found on disturbed sites, along roads, and near wetlands
  • Basal leaves fall off early
  • Small, white, crowded flowers at the top of the stem
  • Pods are wide winged, flat and oval
  • Earns its name from its foul smell. Milk becomes tainted if cattle eat this plant
  • Seeds contain mustard oil
  • Cattle have died from eating hay with a large quantity of stinkweed in it
  • Found at Stops 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 12


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-Sourced from Budd's Flora of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, 1979 and
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland, 1995.
Refer to references for full publication details.

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