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*Capsella bursa-pastoris (Linnaeus) Medikus. Common Shepherd's Purse. Phen: Feb-Jun. Hab: Fields, roadsides, gardens, disturbed areas. Dist: Native of Europe.

Origin/Endemic status: Europe

Taxonomy Comments: C. rubella Reuter, Pink Shepherd's Purse, is sometimes distinguished (as by F, G, Stace 2010), and occurs in our area. It is alleged to be diploid (vs. tetraploid), to have pink petals 1-2 mm long (vs. white, 2-3 mm long), and lateral margins of the fruit concave (vs. straight to convex). Al-Shehbaz (1986) considered the character correlations to be poor, not warranting taxonomic recognition.

Synonymy: = C, Fl4, FNA7, GBI2, GrPl, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NcTx, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3, Al-Shehbaz (1986a), Rollins (1993); = Bursa bursa-pastoris (L.) Britton – S, S13; > Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. – G, Stace (2010); > Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. var. bifida Crép. – F, Tat; > Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. var. bursa-pastoris – F, Tat; > Capsella gracilis Gren. – F; > Capsella rubella Reut. – F, G, Stace (2010)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACU
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACU
  • Great Plains: FACU
  • Midwest: FACU
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACU

Heliophily ?: 8

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