Brassicaceae is now the official name for this family, having the official ending -aceae. Commonly the family is referred to as the mustard family but it has also been called the cabbage family, turnip family, caper family, draba family ect.  The mustards are considered a large family found mostly in the cooler areas of the norther hemisphere. 

     The plants have a watery sap and are usually branched.  The flowers have 4 sepals, 4 petals, and 6 stamens (4 long and 2 short).  The flowers are usually arranged in a cross or crucifix.

      The alternate leaves often have hairs with many basal leaves and also stem leaves continuing up the flowering stem.  The leaves are usually considered edible.  The pod like fruits have 2 chambers, seperated by a membrane.