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1. (Science: botany) A genus of cruciferous plants, having white or yellowish flowers, including several species of cress. They are found chiefly in wet or damp grounds, and have a pungent biting taste.

2. (Science: botany) Any plant of the genus Tropaeolum, geraniaceous herbs, having mostly climbing stems, peltate leaves, and spurred flowers, and including the common indian cress (Tropaeolum majus), the canary-bird flower (T. Peregrinum), and about thirty more species, all natives of south America. The whole plant has a warm pungent flavor, and the fleshy fruits are used as a substitute for capers, while the leaves and flowers are sometimes used in salads.

Origin: L. Nasturtium, for nasitortium, fr. Nasus nose _ torquere, tortum, to twist, torture, in allusion to the causing one to make a wry face by its pungent taste. See Nose of the face, and Torture.

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Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) - maybe Dwarf Jelwel orange, since it looks smaller and sprawly. They are an annual - and can be used in salads. Even the flowers have a peppery bite.

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by eluned
Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:13 pm
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: Can anyone identify this flower?
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