2986.000 Capsella Medik.

Description of the genus

Annual or biennial herbs. Basal leaves entire or pinnatifid; cauline amplexicaul. Inflorescence an elongated raceme. Flowers (in ours) white. Sepals not saccate. Petals 4. Stamens 6. Silicula flattened, triangular-obcordate with keeled net-veined valves. Seeds several in each loculus.

Derivation of name: bursa-pastoris: a shepherd's purse, referring to shape of the fruit.

Worldwide: 5 species, one, C. bursa-pastoris, a cosmopolitan weed, the others restricted to Europe, Mediterranean and W Asia

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Capsella:

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Capsella

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Capsella
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Capsella
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Capsella
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Capsella
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Capsella

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Capsella.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=625, retrieved 20 February 2020

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