Umbelled Bitter Cress
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Umbelled Bitter Cress
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Umbelled Bitter Cress
Botanical name: Cardamine trichocarpa    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Cardamine subumbellata, Cardamine belgaumensis, Cardamine nilagirica

Umbelled Bitter Cress is a small much-branched herb, growing up to 6-10 inches tall. Stem and branches are angled, often tinged with purple. Leaves are compound, 5-7 cm long (including the stalk). Leaflets are 5-7, about 8-12 mm across, ovate or nearly circular, irregularly toothed or lobed. The last leaflet is larger, with a longer stalk. Small, pale-yellow flowers are few, at first in a corymb, later in a raceme. Flower-stalks are short, slender. Flowers have 4 petals, and 6 stamens. Pods are 1.8-2 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, linear-lancshaped, much flattened. Umbelled Bitter Cress is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Satish Pardeshi, Dinesh Valke Photographed at Prabal Machi, near Panvel, Maharashtra.

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