Plant. Photo: Don Wood, south coast NSW

Flowers. Photo: Bart Wursten, Zimbabwe

Seed cases and flowers. Photo: Malcolm Storey, England

Common Name

Shepherd's Purse




Introduced annual forb to 40cm tall. Leaves mostly in a basal rosette, 3-15cm long, almost hairless to hairy or bristly, edges deeply lobed to toothed or entire, the few stem leaves alternating up the stems, smaller, with basal lobes, usually stem clasping, entire or with toothed margins. Flowers white, with 4 petals, in dense clusters at the tops of elongating stems.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 320

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