Rorippa dictyosperma (Hook.) L.A.S.Johnson

Forest Bitter-cress

Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 3: 97 (1962) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, 30–90 cm high, erect at least above, glabrous. Leaves petiolate; basal leaves pinnate, to 20 cm long, with large terminal lobe, lateral segments few, ovate or oblong; stem leaves becoming smaller, lanceolate and entire towards inflorescence. Sepals 2.5–5 mm long; petals 5–10 mm long, white; stamens 6. Fruit ascending, linear, straight or slightly curved, 15–60 mm long (excluding style), 1–2 mm wide; style 2–6 mm long; pedicels spreading to reflexed, 9–15 mm long; seeds in 1 row per locule, coat reticulate. Flowers mostly spring–summer.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WPro. Also WA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Grows in forests from the coast to alpine areas.

The leaves are always petiolate (not sagittate) and at least the lower ones pinnately divided.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Rorippa
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Rorippa dictyosperma in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rorippa dictyosperma in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory