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Lateral nectar glands various; middle glands present or absent. Hairs simple or branched, often 2-3-partite appressed. Sepals erect, rarely spreading, inner often saccate or subsaccate at base. Stamen filaments not appendaged, free, rarely those of the inner four connate in pairs; anthers dithecous (rarely monothecous), oblong, obtuse. Ovary sessile or shortly stipitate; stigma ± bilobed. Fruits usually long (siliquae), rarely short, dehiscent or indehiscent, sometimes breaking transversely into 1-seeded parts. Seeds not winged, rarely obscurely or slightly winged; radicle incumbent or rarely accumbent.

Represented by 10 genera and 30 species (incl. 3 known from cultivation only) in our area.

1 Scapes 1-flowered; aerial stem absent   Pycnoplinthus
+ Aerial stem present, few to many flowered   (2)
2 (1) Siliquae readily to tardily dehiscent, biolcular   (3)
+ Siliquae indehiscent or tardily late dehiscent, with 2-many superimposed 1-seeded cells (often breaking transversely) or linear often constricted between the seeds (torulose)   (9)
3 (2) Fruits subdehiscent; leaves filiform, usually pinnatisect; plants ± glabrous   Leptaleum
+ Fruits dehiscent; leaves usually oblanceolate, sinuate-dentate to entire; plants hairy, often scabrous   (4)
4 (3) Hairs appressed, 2-3 partite   (5)
+ Hairs simple or branched, often rigid but not appressed   (7)
5 (4) Plants very small, slender; racemes lax, 2-5-flowered; anther dimorphic (2 outer dithecous and the rest usually monothecous)   Atelanthera
+ Plants usually tall; racemes many flowered corymbose; anthers alike, dithecous   (6)
6 (5) Middle nectar glands absent; flowers large; (cultivated)   Cheiranthus
+ Middle nectar glands present; flowers often mediocre   Erysimum
7 (4) Plants short, suberect; fruits readily dehiscent; hairs minute, stellate   Eremobium
+ Plants often tall and erect; fruits indehiscent or tardily dehiscent; hairs simple or branched (plants sometimes almost glabrous)   (8)
8 (7) Lateral nectar glands subannular; plants tall erect with large ovate-dentate leaves; (cultivated)   Hesperis
+ Lateral nectar glands in pairs, small, pyramidate; plants often suberect with usually oblong-linear or elliptic leaves   Malcolmia
9 (2) Siliquae elongated, linear, torulose, many seeded; stigmas broad with diverging lobes   Sterigmostemum
+ Fruits short, quadrate, often constricted in the middle only; stigmas minute, conical   Goldbachia

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