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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/12/2012)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 11/12/2012)
Genus CARDAMINE L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 654. 1753
Reference 0. E. Schulz in Bot. Jahrb. 32:280-623. 1903.
Description Perennial or less frequently annual herbs, pubescent with simple trichomes or glabrous; stems leafy, the leaves petiolate and usually pinnately compound; in- florescence racemose, ebracteate or the lower flowers bracteate; petals spatulate to obovate, white to pink; siliques linear, compressed parallel to the replum, dehiscent by linear, often elastic, valves, tapering at apex to a cylindrical style; stigma usually 2-lobed; seeds emarginate or rarely very narrowly winged.
Habit herbs
Note Cardamine and Dentaria are most easily recognized among other linear-podded crucifers by the nature of the opening in the siliques after the valves have dehisced. In these two genera, the replum margin is comparatively thick and extends laterally from the margins to reduce the area covered by the valve. Thus the silique has a window-like opening. In other crucifers of the same general relationship with linear siliques, the valves cover the entire flattened side of the silique.
 
 
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