Fumaria capreolata L.

White Fumitory

Sp. Pl. 701 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Diffuse to weakly climbing, often glaucous herb. Largest ultimate segments of leaves often more than 5 mm long and 2 mm wide. Raceme shorter than or subequal to the peduncle; bracts half to as long as pedicels; pedicels usually strongly recurved in late flower and fruit; sepals ovate, 4–6 mm long, 2.5–4 mm wide, obscurely to distinctly dentate, peltately attached; corolla 10–14 mm long, white or flushed pink, with the upper and inner petals blackish-red at the apex. Fruit obtuse to truncate at apex, rounded at base, 2–2.5 mm long and wide, obscurely keeled, smooth, or slightly tuberculate toward the keel with small, rounded apical pits. Flowers mostly Sep.–Nov.

*CVU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Native to the Mediterranean region and southwest Europe. Moderately common in warmer, drier areas of the state and mostly on sandy or rocky soils near settlements.

Shade forms are fewer-flowered with the fruiting pedicels less recurved, sepals narrower and subentire and the flowers slightly smaller than typical.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Fumariaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Ranunculanae
order Ranunculales
family Papaveraceae
genus Fumaria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Fumaria capreolata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Fumaria capreolata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present introduced
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory