2986.000 Capsella Medik.

Description of the genus

Annual or biennial herbs. Basal leaves entire or pinnatifid; cauline amplexicaul. Inflorescence an elongated raceme. Flowers (in ours) white. Sepals not saccate. Petals 4. Stamens 6. Silicula flattened, triangular-obcordate with keeled net-veined valves. Seeds several in each loculus.

Derivation of name: bursa-pastoris: a shepherd's purse, referring to shape of the fruit.

Worldwide: 5 species, one, C. bursa-pastoris, a cosmopolitan weed, the others restricted to Europe, Mediterranean and W Asia

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Capsella bursa-pastoris

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Flora of Zambia: Capsella

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Capsella
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Capsella
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Capsella
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Capsella
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Capsella

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Capsella.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=625, retrieved 25 October 2014

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