I was given some seeds that I was told were pak choi. However the plants growing from these don't look anything like pak choi to me.

It's possible the seeds got mixed up with other salad varieties they were giving out - is anyone able to identify what the plant is from this photo?

unidentified leaf

I can supply further photos of different parts if needed.

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    My best guess is that this is something in the mustard family. I have grown plants similar to this from seeds a friend brought from Southeast Asia. They were presented to me as bak choi, but I think that is only because bak choi is widely known in the West.
    – michelle
    Dec 9, 2015 at 14:27
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    Can you break one leaf, and report on the odor?
    – J. Musser
    Dec 9, 2015 at 16:34
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    Yes good idea. Nothing remarkable to report - it just smells a bit like grass, or rocket but less peppery. It smells like a generic salad leaf! Dec 9, 2015 at 18:02
  • So not astringent/pungent, or mustardy... are the pubescent at all, on either leaf side, or are they completely smooth?
    – J. Musser
    Dec 9, 2015 at 23:04
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    @J. Musser the leaves and stems are completely smooth. Dec 10, 2015 at 8:44

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This looks quite a bit like Persian Cress. (Lepidium Sativum) I have a Jhonnys seed catalog and its pretty much the only green that looks like that leaf type, pretty distinctive serrated edge and oval shape. The bright true green color is right on too. Catalog says the flavor is mild. 21 days to maturity at 2-6" long. Yum.

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