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Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.

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Capsella bursa-pastoris

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19 Dec 2013

Capsella bursa-pastoris

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19 Dec 2013

Family: Brassicaceae
Full name: Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Herderstassie, Geldbeursie
English common name(s): Shepherd's purse
Synonym(s): Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. var. concava Almq. status incertain
Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. var. djurdjurae (Shull) Maire & Weiller status incertain
Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. var. rubella (Reut.) Batt. status incertain
Thlaspi bursa-pastoris L.
Status: Native
Description: Stems: To +50cm tall but typically less, herbaceous, erect, stellate pubescent, simple or branching, with a fairly large taproot.
Leaves: Basal leaves pinnatifid, petiolate, to 10cm long, stellate pubescent. Lobes bristle-margined, minutely toothed. Cauline leaves auriculate-clasping, linear-lanceolate, minutely toothed to entire, stellate pubescent, reduced upward. Auricles pointed.
Inflorescence: A terminal raceme to +25cm long(tall). Pedicels spreading, 1-2cm long.
Flowers: Corolla 3-4mm broad. Petals 4, white, +/-2mm long, free. Stamens 6, attached at base of ovary. Style 1, very short. Sepals 4, free, green, glabrous, 2mm long, oblong.
Fruit: Obcordate (or triangular) silicle to +3mm long, notched or truncate at apex.
Habitat: Waste ground, disturbed sites, fields, pastures, roadsides, railroads.
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
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