Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Cardamine flexuosa With.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Flowers and immature fruit. © ATH
Flowers and immature fruit. © ATH

Withering, W. (1796) An Arrangement of British Plants Edn. 3 3: 578. Type: Ditches, woods, shady, wet, and boggy places. [Rookery at Edgbaston, and in ditches at the tail of the Pool.].

Common name

Wavy Bittercress; Wood Bittercress


Small, erect annual herbs to 50 cm tall, often much smaller. Sparsely hairy.


Basal leaves pinnate, with petioles, the pinnae in 3-6 pairs. Leaves on the stems gradually reducing in size and degree of pinnation. Leaves sparsely hairy.


Inflorescence a raceme. Sepals ca. 1.5 mm long, green. Petals ca. 2.5 mm long, white. Stems 6.


Fruit a siliqua. Seed ovoid, compressed, ca. 1 mm long, narrowly winged. Seed coat tuberculate, tubercules in rows.


Not available.

Distribution and Ecology

An introduced species now naturalised in NEQ, CEQ and south to south-eastern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. A wide altitudinal range from near sea level to over 1000 m.

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