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  1. Family: Brassicaceae Burnett
    1. Cardamine L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. to Tropical Mountains.


    Cruciferae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 1:1. 1960

    Annual or perennial herbs.
    Leaves simple, trifoliolate or pinnate.
    Flowers white or purple in terminal, subumbellate racemes.
    Inner sepals not or scarcely saccate.
    Petals 4, occasionally absent.
    Stamens 6 (4).
    Silique laterally compressed, often opening explosively, the valves coiling spirally from the base.
    Cotyledons accumbent. Seeds 1-seriate, smooth or finely tuberculate.

    Cruciferae, Bengt Jonsell (University of Stockholm). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1982

    Annual, biennial or perennial small to large herbs, with a taproot and often with creeping or tuberous rhizomes
    Hairs often present, unicellular, simple
    Stems erect, ascending, sometimes basally rooting
    Racemes mostly terminal, ebracteate, densely to laxly corymbose, with a few-numerous small to medium-sized flowers, in fruit at least basally elongate and lax
    Sepals not saccate, not spreading, margins hyaline
    Petals white, cream, violet or purple, spathulate to clawed, sometimes lacking
    Stamens 6–4, rarely fewer; filaments linear to subulate
    Nectaries horseshoe-shaped or a closed ring-shaped tissue around the lateral stamens and usually as a conical gland outside each median pair of stamens
    Ovary cylindrical, usually with a short narrower style; stigma flat; ovules 4–40
    Fruit a siliqua, dehiscent, linear, straight, tapered towards the narrow style, disrupting explosively by the valves coiling from the base upwards; replum swollen; valves without prominent nerves
    Seeds uniseriate, flattened, usually broadly elliptic to oblong, minutely rugose to colliculate, not mucilaginous.



    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Alabama, Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Aleutian Is., Algeria, Altay, Amur, Angola, Antipodean Is., Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Assam, Austria, Azores, Bahamas, Baleares, Baltic States, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Burundi, Buryatiya, California, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Central European Rus, Chatham Is., Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colombia, Colorado, Comoros, Congo, Connecticut, Corse, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, District of Columbia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Is., Finland, Florida, France, Free State, Føroyar, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Guatemala, Gulf of Guinea Is., Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Idaho, Illinois, India, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Juan Fernández Is., Kamchatka, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Kerguelen, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Labrador, Laos, Lebanon-Syria, Lesser Sunda Is., Libya, Louisiana, Macquarie Is., Madagascar, Madeira, Magadan, Maine, Malaya, Maluku, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Myanmar, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North Dakota, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Qinghai, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Rwanda, Réunion, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Somalia, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Svalbard, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tristan da Cunha, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Utah, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Yukon, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Amsterdam-St.Paul Is, Brazil Northeast, Brazil West-Central, Christmas I., Cook Is., Cuba, Galápagos, Hawaii, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Nansei-shoto, Norfolk Is., Northern Territory, Puerto Rico, Solomon Is., South Georgia, St.Helena, Trinidad-Tobago, Western Australia, Windward Is.

    Accepted Species


    Other Data

    Cardamine L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 1, 2000 Cable, S. [3076], Cameroon K000337518
    Melville, R. [5568], New Zealand 36941.000
    Melville, R. [5667], New Zealand 36949.000
    Melville, R. [5569], New Zealand 36950.000


    First published in Sp. Pl.: 656 (1753)

    Accepted by

    • Heenman, P.B. (2017). A taxonomic revision of Cardamine L. (Brassicaceae) in New Zealand Phytotaxa 330: 1-154.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.


    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • O. E. Schulz in Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 32: 280–623 (1902).
    • —F.T.A. 1: 60

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 295 (1754).
    • Sp. Pl, 2: 654 (1753)

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • O.E. Schulz in E.J. 32: 280–623 (1903)
    • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 295 (1754)
    • Sp. Pl.: 654 (1753)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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