Common name: Forest Bitter-cress
Cardamine papillata I.Thomps. APNI*
Description: Small annual or perennial herb to 25 cm high, glabrous or papillate, taprooted; stems erect or ascending.
Basal leaves to 7 cm long, forming a persistent rosette, simple or pinnate, lateral pinnae circular, ± sessile, terminal pinna ovate to cordate; cauline leaves, if present, variable in shape, upper leaves much reduced, margins sometimes papillose.
Inflorescences usually few-flowered racemes; sepals ovate, green or purplish, 1.5–2.5 mm long; petals 3–4.5 mm long, all white or pink on the outside; stamens 6.
Siliqua 20–35 mm long; pedicel 5–15 mm long, sometimes papillose.
Flowering: Flowers all year except winter.
Distribution and occurrence: Scattered distribution in hilly to mountainous areas; on the coast and Tablelands, south from Warrabah N.P.
In hilly to mountainous areas.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 Suppl. (1999)
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