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Photo of black medick closeup of cloverlike yellow flowerhead

Black Medick (Flower)

The small, cloverlike flowering heads and trifoliate leaves of black medick are clues that this plant is in the Fabaceae, the bean or pea family. An introduced, weedy species, it is closely related to alfalfa.

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Black Mustard

A native of Eurasia, black mustard is weedy and grows in fields, waste places, roadsides, and other disturbed areas. Until it was recently replaced by another species (brown mustard, which also is naturalized in Missouri) black mustard was the chief source of seed used in making table mustard.

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Black Mustard

Black mustard can grow to 5 feet tall. Next time you breeze past weedy black mustard on the highway or spot it in a fallow field, think of how important this and other mustards are to the world economy – and to your dinner table.

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Black Mustard (Flowers)

The flowers of black mustard are very small, yellow, and about 3/8 inch wide, with the 4 petals arranged like a cross. It blooms April–November. The fruits are long seedpods (technically, siliques) that form lower on the stalk as new flowers develop higher up.

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Black Mustard (Leaves)

The leaves of black mustard have long petioles and are highly variable, often irregularly lobed to the midrib, generally ovate, some with teeth.

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Black Trumpet (Horn of Plenty; Black Chanterelle; Trumpet of the Dead)

The black trumpet is dark brown to black, vase- or trumpet-shaped, with a wavy margin and no gills.

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Black Trumpet (Horn of Plenty; Black Chanterelle; Trumpet of the Dead)

Black trumpets grow in groups of few to many on rocky, mossy hillsides in deciduous woods. They are small and blend in with the forest floor. However, when you see one, there will be more.

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Black Trumpets

The upper surface texture of black trumpets can be smooth to rough and scaly.

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