Brassica napus L. - Rutabaga, Turnip
Family - Brassicaceae
Flowering - Essentially all year.
Habitat - Cultivated and escaped to roadsides, waste ground, disturbed sites, and railroads.
Origin - Native to Eurasia.
Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout Alabama and is widely cultivated. The plant is often called a "turnip" but turnips have a root (hypocotyle, to be technical) that is flat across the top. The root of a rutabaga tapers towards the top as in the photos above. Rutabagas sold in stores are often whitish in color.
Photographs taken off Hwy 29, Pike County, AL., 2-26-05.