Rorippa sylvestris (L.) Besser

Enum. Pl. 27 (1821) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Perennial herbs to 80 cm high, prostrate to suberect, much-branched from base, glabrous or sparsely pubescent. Leaves petiolate, usually not auriculate at base, deeply 1–2-pinnately lobed, 3.5–15(–20) cm long, lobes usually toothed. Sepals 1.8–3(–3.5) mm long; petals 2–6 mm long, yellow; stamens 6. Fruit spreading to horizontal, linear or oblong-linear, straight, (5–)10–20(–25) mm long (excluding style), c. 1 mm wide; style less than 1.5 mm long; pedicles spreading to horizontal, 4–10 mm long; seeds in 1 row per locule (rarely with some seeds forming a second row), coat covered with small bumps.

*HSF. Native to Europe and south-west Asia, only recently recorded in Victoria, on a bulb farm and surrounding roadsides in Silvan. This species has apparently been introduced as a contaminant on bulbs purchased from Europe. In its native range it is known to occur in damp areas and wastelands.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-31
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-06
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 sylvestris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rorippa sylvestris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia