Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.

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Capsella bursa-pastoris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shenstone, Mt Hampden

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Synonyms: Thlaspi bursa-pastoris L.
Common names: Shepherd's purse (English)
Frequency: Frequent in high rainfall areas, mainly the E Highlands
Status: Introduced
Description:
Annual or biennial herb, to 40 cm, with a basal rosette of oblanceolate leaves, entire or deeply pinnatifid. Cauline leaves amplexicaul. Hairs simple or stellate. Flowers 2.5 mm in diameter, white. Fruit 6-9 mm, triangular-obcordate.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: bursa-pastoris: shepherd's purse (referring to the fruit)
Habitat: Disturbed or cultivated ground
Altitude range: (metres) 1490 - 1920 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: A cosmopolitan weed
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Sunday 20 August 2006
Literature:

Exell, A.W. (1960). Brassicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 187 - 193. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Capsella bursa-pastoris.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=124290, retrieved 1 October 2016

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