Cardamine flexuosa With.

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Cardamine flexuosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic garden

Cardamine flexuosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic Garden

Cardamine flexuosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic Garden

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Common names: Wavy bittercress (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Introduced
Annual, biennial or perennial herb. Stems up to 20 cm, flexuous, hairy especially below. Leaves imparipinnate; basal few, in a lax rosette, with 3-6 pairs of lateral leaflets and a larger terminal leaflet; stem leaves 4-10, ± sessile with 5 or more pairs of leaflets, all leaflets gland-toothed or ± lobed. Petals 2.5-3 mm, white. Sepals white-margined. Fruit 12-25 × 1 mm, ± erect on upwardly curved pedicels 6-13 mm. Seeds very narrowly winged.
Derivation of specific name: flexuosa: zigzag, much bent (probably referring to the stem)
Habitat: Weed in flower beds, gardens and lawns.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native of Europe to Iran and NW Africa; widely introduced elsewhere
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Images last updated: Sunday 28 January 2007

Exell, A.W. (1960). Brassicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 184 - 190. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 30.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cardamine flexuosa
African Plant Database: Cardamine flexuosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cardamine flexuosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cardamine flexuosa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cardamine flexuosa
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iNaturalist: Cardamine flexuosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cardamine flexuosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Cardamine flexuosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cardamine flexuosa
Plants of the World Online: Cardamine flexuosa
Tropicos: Cardamine flexuosa
Wikipedia: Cardamine flexuosa

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Cardamine flexuosa., retrieved 21 May 2024

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