Rorippa laciniata (F.Muell.) L.A.S.Johnson

Jagged Bitter-cress

Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 3: 97 (1962) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, to 40 cm high, ascending to erect. Leaves mostly basal, petiolate, usually linear-lanceolate, pinnately lobed, or toothed or entire, to 10 cm long, with scattered, short marginal hairs; stem leaves few and narrow. Sepals 2–4 mm long; petals 4–5.5 mm long, white; stamens 4. Fruit erect to spreading, linear, straight, 20–45 mm long (excluding style), 1.5–2 mm wide; style less than 2 mm long; pedicels spreading, 5–40 mm long; seeds in 1 row per locule, coat spongy, sticky to mucilaginous when wet. Flowers spring–autumn.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, SnM, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. Widespread in a range of moist to wet habitats across the State, recently rediscovered in the Melbourne area (at Taylors Lakes).

Leaves variable in shape, but not as deeply dissected as those of R. eustylis. Like R. eustylis the seeds of R. laciniata have a spongy coat, but they are arranged in 1 rather than 2 rows per locule and have a distinct wing.

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


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Rorippa laciniata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rorippa laciniata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory