Common name: Sea Rocket
Cakile maritima Scop. APNI*
Description: Branches ascending or decumbent to 80 cm long.
Leaves obovate, mostly 6–8 cm long, ranging from pinnate to serrated to smooth margins. The shape varies within a population and stage of development. If the leaves have lobes the tips are rounded. Leaf colour is yellow-green.
Sepals 4–5 mm long. Petals 8–14 mm long, white to purple.
Silicula 12–27 mm long, 4–8 mm wide, on pedicel to 7 mm long, breaking between the 2 segments; upper segment compressed conical, hastate, ± 4-angled; lower segment ± obconical, almost as wide as the upper, bearing 2 lateral blunt horns towards apex. Fruits tend to stick out from the stem at considerable angles.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread along the coast and islands south of Woy Woy; also recorded from Broken Hill. Native of Eur. & Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *NFWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *S.A. *W.A.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden; updated Louisa Murray (April 2017)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990); Roger Cousens & Sara Ohadi (pers.comm)
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