Photographer: Kenneth J. Sytsma
Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.
Capsella: Latin for "a little box"
bursa-pastoris: literally, a shepherd's purse
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 4"-24" tall forb, with a few branches|
|Flower: ||white, 4-parted, 1/4" wide, petals longer than the sepals; inflorescence a dense cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers, elongating with age; blooms April-Aug.|
|Fruit:||heart-shaped to triangular, flat pod |
|Leaf:||basal leaves oblong, pinnately-lobed; stem leaves smaller, mostly linear, appearing to clasp the stem with the 2 basal lobes|
|Habitat: ||disturbed sites such as lawns and roadsides|