Common name: Franklin Bitter-cress
Cardamine franklinensis I.Thomps. APNI*
Synonyms: Cardamine gunnii subsp. spathulate-leaved variant Hewson APNI*
Description: Erect perennial herb to 30 cm high, taprooted.
Basal leaves either entire and spathulate or pinnate, to 15 cm long, forming a ± dense rosette, pinnate leaves with terminal pinnae elliptic, lateral pinnae not formed into distinct petiolule and lamina, obovate with an attenuate base; cauline leaves, if present, 1–3 cm long, variously pinnately divided, reducing in size up the stem.
Inflorescence many-flowered racemes; sepals green or purplish, 2–3 mm long; petals 4.5–7 mm long, all white or pink on the outside; stamens 6.
Siliqua 25–35 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Not common, in subalpine areas; south from the Brindabella Ranges.
In subalpine areas.
NSW subdivisions: ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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