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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

Cardamine L. -- Bitter cress

Annual, biennial or perennial plants, glabrous throughout or puberulent toward the base. Leaves petiolate to sessile, simple to pinnately compound, the basal leaves often differing in shape from the upper cauline leaves. Flowers small or medium in size, white; sepals green to yellowish, obtuse, caducous; petals white, obovate to spatulate. Siliques 2-valved, linear, mostly straight, slightly flattened, 10-30X longer than wide, the seeds in a single row in each cell.

Lead Characteristic Go To
1 Leaves simple, the blades entire to sinuate-dentate; petals 6-12 mm long. C. bulbosa
1 Leaves pinnately compound; petals 1.5-3 mm long. C. pensylvanica

22. Brassicaceae, the Mustard Family
2. Cardamine L. -- Bitter cress
1. Cardamine bulbosa (Schreb.) B.S.P. -- Spring cress
2. Cardamine pensylvanica Muhl. ex Willd. -- Bitter Cress

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