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Taxonomic Classification

Domain: Eukarya
    Organisms in domain Eukarya have membrane-bound organelles and a nucleus.

Kingdom: Plantae
    The kingdom Plantae is defined by the association of chlorophyll, which gives these organisms their green color.  It is extreme diverse, as it contains over 250,000 species

Phylum: Magnoliophyta
    Members of the Magnoliophyta, also known as angiosperms, are plants that produce flowers and have seeds that develope in an ovary.

Class: Magnoliopsida
    Also known as dicots, members of this class have two cotyledons and have vascular tissue  usually arranged in a ring.  The presence of a main root also indicates a dicot.

Order: Capparales
    The plants of this order include the mustards, cabbages, turnips, and radishes.

Family: Brassicaceae
    The family Brassicaceae is rather large, with 350 genera comprising about 3,000 species, nearly all of which are herbs.

Genus: Wasabia
    The genus Wasabia is part of the family Brassicaceae, which means it is closely related to cabbages, broccoli, and cauiflower.

Species: Wasabia japonica
    Wasabia japonica is the only species in the genus Wasabia.