Capsella bursa-pastoris

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Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.

Brassicaceae

Life form: annual or biennial
Usage: economic plant

 

Arrangement: rosette
Leaves: decidious

Shape: spatulate

Division: simple

Shape: cruciform
Fruit: silicle

150B / c3d238 

Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Violanae
Ordo:
Capparales

Capsella bursa-pastoris, commonly known as shepherd's purse, belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.

Naming

Capsella bursa-pastoris was already described and the name validly published by Carl Linnaeus. It was Friedrich Kasimir Medikus, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1792.

Taxonomy

Capsella bursa-pastoris is a species in the genus Capsella which contains approximately 10 to 25 species and belongs to the family of the Brassicaceae (Mustard Family).

Characteristics

Capsella bursa-pastoris - flowers
Capsella bursa-pastoris - fruits

Growth

The plants reach heights of 10 to 50 centimetres.

Leaves

Capsella bursa-pastoris is deciduous. The simple leaves are in rosettes. They are spatulate with pinnatipartite margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Capsella bursa-pastoris produces racemes of light-green cruciform flowers from January to October.

The plants produce green silicles from spring to summer.

Root System

Distribution

Capsella bursa-pastoris is native to $: cosmopl. exc. Trop.$: and .

Cultivation

Uses

Suited as bee pasture.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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