Common name: Wintercress, American cress
Barbarea verna (Mill.) Asch. APNI*
Description: Biennial to 75 cm high, erect, usually glabrous.
Basal leaves lyrate-pinnatisect with 5–10 pairs of lobes, petiolate; upper stem leaves pinnatifid with linear lobes.
Petals 5–7 mm long. Siliqua 3–7 cm long, 1.5–2 mm wide; pedicel curved, spreading, stout, 3–6 mm long, more than half as broad as siliqua; seeds rounded, not marginate.
Distribution and occurrence: Garden escape. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *CT, *ST
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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