Cakile edentula (Bigelow) Hook.

American Sea Rocket

Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 59 (1829) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems ascending or decumbent, to 80 cm long. Lower leaves with variable lobing (but not pinnately lobed). Inflorescence congested. Sepals 3–5 mm long; petals 4–8 mm long, white, pink or lavender. Fruit spreading, 12–24 mm long (including beak), 4–8 mm wide, breaking between the upper and lower segments; lower segment cylindric to slightly obconical, articulating surface with 2–6 small teeth; upper segment compressed, conical-lanceolate, 4-angled. Flowers spring–autumn.

*Brid, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *OtP, *OtR, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Native to North America. Formerly widespread along the Victorian coastline, but not collected since 1970.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Cakile
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cakile edentula in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cakile edentula in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory