Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Winter annual

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate (reduced upward)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
4 petals
6 stamens tetradynamous (2 short, 4 long)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Silique

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Brassicales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Capsella bursa-pastoris   FAMILY Brassicaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Capsella bursa-pastoris   FAMILY Brassicaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 088-06-001:
Capsella bursa-pastoris   FAMILY Brassicaceae

GREATER THAN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Capsella rubella

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Bursa bursa-pastoris

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Shepherd's Purse


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_bubu3_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cabu2_005_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm130128_183b

January    Spartanburg County    SC

Sepals green or reddish (margins membranous), per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm140308_064

March    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm140308_068

March    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Better known by its obcordate-triangular seed pods than its minute flowers, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm140308_075

March    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Basal rosette of oblong, lobed leaves 2-4" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm140308_079

March    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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Keith Bradley    kab_c_bursa_pastoris_2259

March    Richland County    SC

Randolph Cemetery

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JK Marlow    jkm0504i_37

April    Greenville County    SC

Fruits the shape of a shepherd's purse, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm0504j_02

April    Greenville County    SC

A winter annual with one main stem and ascending branches, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    s050416_b

April    Greenville County    SC

Fruits are strongly flattened, triangular siliques, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, Bugwood.org    bug_1363068

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Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5438356

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Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5438360

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Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5438365

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