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Brassicaceae: A plant family of the order Capparales, subclass Dilleniidae, class Magnoliopsida. They are mostly herbaceous plants with peppery-flavored leaves, due to gluconapin (Glucosinolates) and its hydrolysis product butenylisotrhiocyanate. The family includes many plants of economic importance that have been extensively altered and domesticated by humans. Flowers have 4 petals. Podlike fruits contain a number of seeds. Cress is a general term used for many in the Brassicacea family. Rockcress is usually Arabis; Bittercress is usually Cardamine; Yellowcress is usually Rorippa; Pennycress is usually Thlaspi; Watercress refers to Nasturtium; or Rorippa or Tropaeolum; Gardencress refers to Lepidium; Indiancress refers to Tropaeolum.
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