Pachymitus cardaminoides (F.Muell.) O.E.Schulz

Sand Cress

in Engl., Pflanzenr. IV 105 (Heft 86): 266 (1924) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, to 30 cm high, many-stemmed, hairy. Basal leaves petiolate, to 13 cm long, pinnately lobed, the lateral lobes linear to toothed; stem leaves reducing to entire, sessile. Sepals 2–3.5 mm long; petals 4–6 mm long. Fruit spreading to horizontal, terete or quadrangular, sometimes constricted between seeds, straight or curved, 8–15 mm long (excluding style), 1–2 mm wide, sparsely hairy or glabrous; style up to 1 mm long; valves convex to keeled; pedicels spreading to horizontal, 5–16 mm long. Flowers winter–spring.

Brid, DunT, Glep, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also SA, NSW. Confined to the north-central (e.g. Pyramid Hill, Kerang areas) and western parts of the State, mostly on sandy rises but also in rocky soil or clay.

Characterized by branched hairs; white, clawed petals; and the linear, relatively short fruits with 2 rows of seed per locule.

The fruit is often described in texts as being hairy, but at least some Victorian populations have glabrous fruits. The presence or absence of hairs on the ovary and fruit appears to be related to the overall hairiness of the plant (which is variable) rather than being suggestive of there being more than one species (or subspecies).

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: Neville Walsh, 2016-09-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Pachymitus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pachymitus cardaminoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pachymitus cardaminoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales