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Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderBrassicalesMustard, cabbage, caper, papaya, nasturtiums, many others; most produce mustard oil
FamilyBrassicaceaeMustards, cabbages
GenusCapsellaLatin for “a little box”
Speciesbursa-pastorisLiterally, a shepherd’s purse

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Bursa bursa-pastoris (L.) Britton

Bursa bursa-pastoris (L.) Britton var. bifida Crép.

Bursa gracilis Gren.

Capsella rubella Reut.

Thlaspi bursa-pastoris L.


Capsella bursa-pastoris description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s-purse)

6/16/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 6 × 9" (14 × 22 cm)

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s-purse)

8/14/2021 · Eastern Promenade, Portland, Maine

Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd’s-purse)

5/24/2010 · Eastern Promenade, Portland, Maine
≈ 7 × 8" (18 × 21 cm)


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