cristina's coralroot bittercress (cardamine bulbifera) Blooming
Plant: Coralroot Bittercress (Cardamine bulbifera) |
Previously known as Dentaria bulbifera and Cardamine bulbifer, this species is also commonly known as Coralroot Bittercress. It is a hairless perennial which grows 70 cm high in deciduous woodland and on damp, chalky soil. It bears pink four-petalled flowers. These 12-18 mm flowers are borne in short, terminal racemes in April and May. The leaves are most distinctive; they are mostly pinnate with 1-3 leaflets and a terminal leaf. An identifying feature of this plant is the small purple-brown reproductive bulbils which are borne in the axils of the upper leaves. These bulbils fall to the ground where they may be transported by feet, wheels or hooves. They are the reproductive mechanism for the formation of new plants which are genetically identical with the parent plant. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family.
06 May 2012