Cardamine corymbosa Hook.f.

Fl. Antarct. 1: 6 (1844) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Rhizomatous perennial herb to 20 cm high; flowering stems ascending or decumbent, glabrous or sparsely hairy. Leaves thin or somewhat fleshy, usually with scattered hairs c. 0.5 mm long on the upper surface; basal leaves rosetted,  2–4(–8) cm long, entire or pinnate with 1–2(–4) pairs of lateral pinnae and a larger, usually reniform terminal leaflet; cauline leaves 0–2(–4), entire or pinnately lobed, 1–4 cm long. Raceme corymbose or whorled, pedicles sometimes appearing solitary from base of plant; sepals 1–1.8 mm long, sometimes with a few hairs; petals (2–)3–4.5(–6) mm long, white, sometimes absent or reduced to 1 or 2; mature style to c. 1 mm long. Fruits inclined to less than 45° to rachis, clearly overtopping open flowers of the same inflorescence, 10–30 mm long, 0.5–1(–2.0) m wide; pedicles 5–20(–100) mm long; seeds c. 1 mm long. 

*GipP, *VVP. Also naturalised in Tas. Native to New Zealand. Well established in shaded lawns, footpaths and garden beds in Parkville (The University of Melbourne grounds), and may occasionally be encountered as a nursery weed.

Cardamine corymbosa is readily distinguished by the long hairs on the petiole and lamina of basal leaves, and the often apetalous (or with just 1 or 2 petals) flowers, that are arranged in whorls of 3–4 or appear to arise singly from the base of the plant due to the flowering stem not elongating.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-09-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-04-18
Distribution map
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 corymbosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cardamine corymbosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced

State distribution

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