Matthiola tricuspidata - Three-horned Stock

Matthiola tricuspidata beside the Mediterranean Sea


Phylum: Anthophyta

Class: Equisetopsida

Order: Brassicales

Family: Brassicaceae

The fruit of the plant is what gives it its name - a siliqua (an elongated seed capsule which is peculiar to the Brassicaceae family of plants) with a distinct three-horned apex.

The flowers of this low-growing plant are pink to mauve and the leaves and stems are covered with rather woolly-looking hairs. Three-horned Stock favours coastal habitats throughout the Mediterranean region, where it blooms from February to May.

Three-horned Stock
Pictures by kind permission of Anne Horsfall

The specimens shown above were photographed in Crete.