Shepher's Cress, Dawlish Warren, Devon
Flowerhead, unequal petals, stamens
Notched, flat seed pod
Flower heads, rosette of leaves and leaflets
Leaves and leaflets
Smooth, hairless flower stem
April to October
It is quite thinly scattered throughout the country and is found
in parts of the Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, East Midlands,
East Anglia, the far Southeast and the South.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It appears to be quite localised by the requirement for acidic
sandy habitats and is found on heaths, dunes and shingle.
It is declining due to invasion by more vigorous plants and
because it has a short-lived seed bank.
Shepherd's Cress is a native, low-growing, winter annual herb,
growing up to 25cm.
The flowers are in pompom-like flower heads.
Individual flowers are small, only up to 2mm across, and have
4 white petals of unequal size.
There are 4 to 6 stamens and a short style with a capitate stigma
The seed pods are flattened and notched.
The leaves mostly form a basal rosette and are pinnately lobed
with round leaflets.
The flower stem is smooth and hairless.
These pictures were taken in early April when the flowers had
just appeared and fruiting was rare.
Individual flowers are very small and difficult to photograph.
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