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Cakile maritima Scop.
Family Brassicaceae
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.

Photo Tanja Lenz

Photo D. Hardin

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.
AVH map***

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)

One subspecies in NSW: Cakile maritima subsp. maritima

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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