Cardamine papillata I.Thomps.

Muelleria 9: 161 (1996) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Annual to perennial, to 25 cm high, taprooted; stems erect, slender, glabrous, sometimes minutely papillose. Leaves mostly basal, simple or pinnate with 1–2 pairs of lateral pinnae; basal leaves few-many, 2–7 cm long, rosetted, terminal pinna ovate to cordate, lateral leaflets more or less orbicular, short-stalked or sessile; cauline leaves 0–3, 0.5–2(–6) cm long, the lowermost often similar to basal leaves, upper leaves much reduced, margins sometimes papillose. Racemes usually few-flowered; sepals 1.5–2.5 mm long; petals 3–5 mm long, white or pink; mature style to c. 1 mm long. Fruits 20–35 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, held fairly erect; pedicels 5–15 mm long, often minutely papillose; seeds 1.0–1.2 mm long. Flowers late winter–spring.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HSF, MonT, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP. Also SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. Grows in hilly, forest areas across Victoria.

Basal leaves form a small rosette which usually persists at flowering, and scapes appear bare due to the small number and size of the cauline leaves. When present, the papillae clearly distinguish this species from other small-petalled native species such as Cardamine moirensis. Previously included in C. paucijuga, but compared to that species C. papillata has shorter leaves and flowering stems and fewer and differently shaped cauline leaves.

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 papillata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Cardamine papillata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory