Brassica napus – rape

The Brassica genus, also known as mustard or cabbage family of plants contains an enormous number of commercially valuable species.  Brassica napus, also known as rape or rapeseed (one of the more recent cultivars is canola) was of value in the 19th century as a source of lubricant for steam engines.

This model is designed to come apart to show detail of the internal flower structure. The attention to detail of form is beautiful right down to venation of the petals.