Rapistrum rugosum

Turnip weed

Other common names:

Giant mustard.



It is a common weed seen in farming, roadsides and other agricultural areas. The persistent weed develops a dense canopy eliminating native and desirable plants and grasses. The weed can grow to up to 60 cm tall. Its distinct yellow petals are accompanied by sepals that stand vertically at near right angles. Distinct fruit, pods, can also be seen on the flowering stem. Turnip weed can produce up to 77,000 seeds per plant (Wilson et al., 1981).


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Tillage of plant and seed deep into the soil profile can reduce subsequent seed germination.
  • Mechanical: Nil.



  • Manalil S, Haider Ali H, Chauhan BS (2018) Germination ecology of turnip weed (Rapistrum rugosum (L.) All.) in the northern regions of Australia. PLOS ONE 13(7): e0201023. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201023.
  • Wilson BJ, Wilson JT. Effect of time of seedling emergence on seed production and time to flowering of eight weeds, 6th Australian Weeds Conference.' Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 1981. (Queensland Weed Society. Available at http://wwwcawsorgau/awc/1981/awc198110351pdf.



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Control Options



Surefire Dicamba M




Surefire Dicamba M