Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medicus Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Erect winter or summer annual.
Leaves initially develop from a basal rosette. Basal leaves are stalked and highly variable in shape; young leaves are first rounded and elongated, becoming variously lobed, toothed or wavy. Smaller stem leaves are alternate with smooth to toothed margins and clasping bases.
Erect, slender, hairy, up to 2-foottall stems bolt from a basal rosette to flower. Flower stems are usually unbranched with few to no leaves.
Flowers and fruit
White flowers with four small petals are found in terminal clusters. Fruit are distinctly heartshaped to triangular pods found on elongated, unbranched stems.
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