Cardamine papillata

Forest Bitter-cress

Slender erect annual or perennial herb with a tap root.

Additional information

  • FamilyBrassicaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 25 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesBasal rosette few to many undivided or divided leaves 2-7 cm long, terminal segment larger, heart-shaped, 1-2 pairs small roundish leaflets. 0-3 stem leaves.
  • Flower colourPink or white
  • Flowering timeAugust to October
  • FlowersFew-flowered terminal cluster of tiny flowers. Fruits erect, to 35 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils in wet mountain forests. Semi shade.
  • Garden useUse in moist gullies as a short-lived herb.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusVulnerable in Victoria to continued depletion. Collected from a single site within the Shire.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - leaves & stems
  • Related speciesMay be mistaken for Cardamine hirsuta or Cardamine flexuosa, commonly known as Flickweed, a garden and bushland weed. These species can be distinguished by their hairy leaves and larger clusters of flowers.
Photographer/s: 1 Chris Lindorff, NatureShare ©; 2 Geoff Lay, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©;

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