Sand Bittercress Cardamine parviflora Linnaeus var. arenicola (Britton) O.E. Schulz    Synonyms: Cardamine arenicola.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Brassicales   >   Family Brassicaceae   >   Genus Cardamine   


Sand Bittercress is a small uncommon native mustard that can be found in a variety of habitats. Most of the records in the MBP database come from local herbarium specimens collected before 2000. Recent collections (post 2000) from Maryland are sparse.


Sand Bittercress is a Cardamine that can be identified by its lack of a basal rosette of leaves while in flower, compound stem leaves are 2 - 4 centimeters long, and the terminal leaflet is the same shape as the lateral leaflets. The leaflets are linear to oblanceolate.

Sand Bittercress most closely resembles Pennsylvania Bittercress and Hairy Bittercress. Pennsylvania Bittercress is a much larger plant, with leaves that are 4 - 10 centimeters long. The terminal leaflet of Pennsylvania Bittercress is broader than the lateral leaflets. Hairy Bittercress has a basal rosette of leaves when in bloom, and oblong to round leaflets.

There are 34 records in the project database.

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