Common name: Whitlow Grass
Erophila verna (L.) Chevall. APNI*
Description: Annual 3–20 cm high, slender, covered with branched and stellate hairs, sometimes mixed with simple hairs.
Leaves in basal rosette, spathulate to oblanceolate, 10–15 mm long, attenuate into petiole, entire or with a few shallow teeth.
Sepals 1.5–2.5 mm long. Petals usually 1.5–4 mm long, bifid, white or pink
Silicul.a narrow-elliptic to ± circular, usually 3–10 mm long, glabrous; pedicel spreading, 2–30 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Established in moist situations. Native of S Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *CWS, *SWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *S.A.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Hairs branched and stellate. Silicula narrow-elliptic, 6–10 mm long; pedicel 2–25 mm long||subsp. verna|
|Hairs simple and branched and stellate. Silicula obovate to ± circular, 3–6 mm long; pedicel 2–17 mm long||subsp. praecox|
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