Cardamine paucijuga Turcz.

Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 27: 295 (1854) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Annual to ?perennial, to 40 cm long, glabrous, taproot persisting, commonly also with fibrous roots; stems slender, erect or trailing. Leaves thin; basal leaves long petiolate, pinnate, rosetted, to 12 cm long, terminal leaflet with cordate base, lateral leaflets petiolulate; cauline leaves several, 2–7(–12) cm long, pinnate with 1–3(–5) pairs of lateral pinnae, often long, pinnae oblong-elliptic to fusiform, mostly entire. Racemes condensed to lax, few–many-flowered; sepals 2.0–2.5 mm long; petals 3–6 mm long, pink or white; mature style to 1.5 mm long. Fruits erecto-patent, c. 30 mm long, 1.0–1.5 mm wide; pedicels 5–20 mm long; seeds c. 1.0–1.2 mm long. Flowers spring.

CVU, DunT, GipP, OtP, VVP, WaP, WPro. All States except NT. Scattered in southern Victoria (e.g. Portland, Major Mitchell Plateau in the Grampians, Nepean state Park and Five Mile Beach at Wilsons Promontory) with 2 records from the north-east (Mt Burrowa, and the Ovens River near Wangaratta); occurs in moist forest and riparian habitats.

Similar in leaf shape to Cardamine moirensis but the terminal pinna of basal leaves larger and with a cordate base, and the leaves with fewer and more often entire pinnae. Flowers in this species are often larger than in C. moirensis, the racemes sometimes laxer and with more flowers, and the styles usually longer. It differs from C. lilacina in having smaller seeds, usually smaller flowers and weaker and leafier stems. Intermediate variants exist between C. paucijuga and C. lilacina and further studies are required to clearly delineate these taxa.

Source: Thompson, I.R. (1996). Cardamine. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-10
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Cardamine
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Cardamine paucijuga in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cardamine paucijuga in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

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