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Common name: American Sea Rocket
Cakile edentula (Bigelow) Hook. APNI*
Description: Branched herb to 80 cm high.
Leaves ovate to spathulate, usually 4–7 cm long, variously lobed but not pinnatisect.
Sepals 4–5 mm long. Petals 4–8 mm long, white, pink or lavender. Silicula 12–24 mm long, 4–8 mm wide; pedicel spreading, to 8 mm long, breaking between the segments; upper segment 7–15 mm long, top-shaped, compressed, 4-angled; lower segment 5–10 mm long, cylindrical to slightly obconical, much narrower than the upper, without lateral projections at apex but with 2–6 small teeth.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread on seashore and islands. Native of N Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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