Carrichtera annua (L.) DC.

Mém. Mus. Hist. Nat. 7: 244, 250 (1821) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Stems erect, 5–40 cm high, branched mostly at base; hairs simple, bristly, deflexed. Leaves petiolate, to 10 cm long, 2–3 times pinnately divided, lobes linear-obtuse. Sepals 4–5 mm long; petals 8–9 mm long, yellow with purple veins. Fruit 6–8 mm long (including terminal leaf-like extension); valves 2–4 mm long, 3–4 mm wide, veins hairy, with 3–4 seeds per locule; flattened terminal segment 3–4 mm long, 2–3 cm wide.  Fruits Oct.

*GipP, *LoM, *MuM, *MSB, *RobP, *VRiv, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. A weed of the dry north-west of Victoria.

The lateral inflorescence is borne opposite a leaf as in Coronopus, but the petals and fruits are bigger, and the fruit a different shape.

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.
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Carrichtera
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Carrichtera annua in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Carrichtera annua in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present naturalised
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales