Brassica elongata, the Elongated Mustard, is a species of the mustard plant that is native to parts of Central Europe, Eastern Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, the Caucasus, Morocco and parts of Central Asia. Through plant invasion this species has become naturalized in many other parts of the world. Some of these naturalized regions include South Africa, North Western Europe, Australia and North America. Given the wide range of climate and ecological conditions of these regions, B. elongata has been able to disrupt the ecosystems of their native plant habitats and has been label as an invasive species in many of its naturalized zones. In North America, this species is often found as a roadside weed in the southwestern states, particularly in the state of Nevada. Studies allude that the Cruciferae might have migrated through the Bering land bridge from what is now Central Asia. Commonly known as the Long-Stalked Rape or as the langtraubiger Kohl in German, this species is a close cousin to the Brassica Napus (Rape) and a secondary genetic relative to B.Oleracea (Kale). As a close genetic species of the Rapeseed, the Long-Stalked Rape has one of the highest counts of accumulated polyunsaturated linoleic and linolenic acid.  Both compounds are heavily used to manufacture vegetable oils. Brassica Elongata has the propagative potential of turning into a horticultural product from what is currently a noxious weed.
Brassica elongata is a native species that spreads from Eastern European countries starting from Austria to the Asian-Temperate that extends to Afghanistan and Iran. There are also areas in Northern Africa near Morocco with similar arid climates that have the B.elongata as a native species. As an invasive species the B.elongata has spread north up to Norway, southwest into parts of France and Italy, and has even been introduced in large areas of Southern Africa, Southern Australia, and Southwest America.. Brassica elongata was first collected in the United States at Linntonn, Oregon by Wilhelm Suksdorf in 1911. The collection occured near a surrounding ballast where ships were often unloaded but its specific sub-species of Brassica elongata was unknown. The next recording had occured in Bingen, Washington in 1915. Thereafter in 1968, with no apparent evidence of the species spreading, Brassic elongata (sub-species: integrifolia) was discovered by John Thomas Howell, an American botanist,while driving on the roadsides of US Highway 50 in the east-central regions of Nevada. Since then B.elongata has become an identifiable common sight of the regional flora of the desert regions of Nevada in Eureka and White Pine county.
Distribution of Brassica elongata in the United States
Habitat and Ecology
Brassica elongata is a perennial plant. Its habitat is often located in semi-arid to arid climates in regions located in Europe, central Asia, North America, Africa, and Australia. The plant undergoes its flowering during June through July in the Northern Hemisphere. It can grow on disturbed ground and on roads with open juniper and sagebrush desert areas.  B.elongata can develop an abundant amount of seeds that germinate over a range of alternating temperatures. However, germination rates drop considerably at very cold seedbed temperatures.
There are five subspecies of the Brassica elongata: elongata, imdrhasiana, integrifolia, pinnatifida, and the subscaposa. The stems extend out from the base and are branched basally. The basal leaves are obovate to elliptic (10-35 mm) and its margins are sub-entire to dentate. The cauline leaves have oblong or lanceolate leaves that are up to 10 cm in length. The inflorescence is raceme.
Flowers and fruit
Petals on B.elongata are bright yellow to orange yellow with its apex rounded and mostly obovate. It reaches to about 7-10 mm and its sepals to about 3-4 mm in length. The filaments are 3.5-4.5 mm in length with 1-1.5 mm anthers. The fruits have a valvular section with 5-11 seeds per locule. The fruits are spreading and ascending from the base and its seeds may differ in shades of grey to brown. The seeds are 1-1.6 mm in diameter and its seed coat is dehiscent and becomes mucilaginous when wet. 
Potential Commercial Value
Research has shown when measuring fatty acid content of some of the commonly known Brassicacae, such as Brassica napus, Brassica nigra, and Brassica rapa, Brassica elongata has shown to have one of the higher counts of fatty acids in concentration of mass per leaf. These fatty acids, α-linolenic acid (C18:3n-3) and linoleic acid (C18:2n-6), are nutritional omega-3 oils and compounds that the human body is unable to synthesize. Research has shown that increased deficiencies in these polyunsaturated fatty acids lead to a higher rate of diseases for human populations in industrialized countries. While the USDA has labeled B.elongata as a noxious weed, cultivating this plant in its natural harsh and arid climate in order to harvest its organic compounds has a promising upside in a low risk scenario. Oils from the rapeseed (B.napus), a close tertiary genetic relative of B.elongata, are also currently being utilized to research alternative forms of biodiesel.
The protologue of Brassica brevirostrata (Fl. Xinjiang. 2(2): 374. 1995) represents the first record of B. elongata from China. It is not known whether the species has recently been introduced to China or its native range in China has long been overlooked.
Herbs biennial or perennial, (40-)50-100(-130) cm tall, basally hirsute or rarely glabrous. Stems erect, branched basally and above. Basal and lowermost cauline leaves long petiolate; leaf blade oblanceolate, elliptic, oblong-ovate, or oblong-linear, (3-)5-14(-20) × (0.5-)1-3.5(-6) cm, base cuneate or attenuate, margin dentate, repand, or entire. Upper cauline leaves petiolate or subsessile, linear, oblanceolate-linear, lanceolate, or oblong, to 8 cm, base attenuate or cuneate, margin entire or dentate. Fruiting pedicels divaricate, (0.6-)0.8-1.8 cm. Sepals oblong, 3-4(-4.5) × 1-1.5 mm, erect or rarely ascending. Petals yellow, (5-)6-8.5(-10) × 2.5-3.5(-4) mm, obovate, apex rounded; claw 2.5-4 cm. Filaments 3.5-4.5 mm; anthers ovate, 1-1.5 mm. Fruit linear, (1.5-)2-4(-4.8) cm × (1-)1.5-2 mm, terete or slightly flattened, borne on a gynophore (0.8-)1.5-4(-5) mm, divaricate; valvular segment (1.2-)1.6-4(-4.5) cm, (2-)5-11(-13)-seeded per locule; valves with a prominent midvein, torulose; terminal segment linear, stylelike, (0.5-)1-2.5(-3) mm, seedless. Seeds brown or grayish, globose, 1-1.5 mm in diam., minutely reticulate. Fl. and fr. Jun-Aug. 2n = 22.