Cardamine gunnii Hewson APNI*
Synonyms: Cardamine heterophylla Hook. APNI*
Description: Robust perennial plant, mostly glabrous.
Rosette leaves variable, spathulate with margin entire to toothed, to pinnatisect or pinnate with 1-several pairs of pinnae.
Corymb-like raceme on a usually leafless scape to 25 cm long. Sepals c. 2 mm long. Petals 4–6 mm long, white. Stamens 6. Siliqua 15–30 mm long, often overtopping inflorescence; pedicel 5–17 mm long, erect to spreading.
Distribution and occurrence: in moist sites from lower ranges to alpine regions; south from the Armidale district.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
This species is variable and further study is required to decide on the appropriate rank for the informal variants recognized. Type variant: leaves pinnate to pinnatisect with a large terminal, ovate to reniform lobe. NT CT ST; Vic., Tas., S.A. Spathulate-leaved variant: leaves mostly spathulate, entire, some pinnatisect with terminal lobe elliptic to ovate. ST; Vic., Tas.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
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