Microlepidium pilosulum F.Muell

Hairy Shepherd's Purse

Linnaea 25: 371 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Plant to 20 cm high, spreading to erect, with simple and stellate hairs; branches often inter-twined. Leaves obovate with tapering bases, with few blunt teeth or entire. Inflorescence dense, elongating from a corymb. Sepals c. 1 mm long, often hooded; petals about equal to sepals, notched or trilobed, white. Fruit wedge-shaped to obcordate, 3–5 mm long, c. 2 mm wide, apex broadly notched; valves winged in distal third; pedicels c. 2(–4) mm long. Flowers spring.

Brid, Glep, OtP, WaP. Also southern WA, SA. Rare, primarily near-coastal sites west of Cape Otway, usually associated with saltmarsh vegetation.

Microlepidium pilosulum differs from the South Australian M. alatum in being hairy, having petals, and with fruit winged only in the distal third. Microlepidium pilosulum has been at times included in the genus Capsella, but C. bursa-pastoris has pinnately lobed basal leaves and pedicels longer than the relatively broad (4 mm or more wide) fruits.

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, 2019-04-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Microlepidium pilosulum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Microlepidium pilosulum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native

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Western Australia
South Australia