Chorispora tenella (Pall.) DC.

Syst. Nat. 2: 435 (1821) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual herbs to 50 cm high with glandular hairs. Stems erect, sometimes branched above. Leaves oblanceolate or oblong, mostly 2.5–8 cm long, 0.5–2 cm wide; base cuneate or attenuate; margins sinuate-dentate. Sepals purplish, 4–5 mm long; petals purple, 8–10(–12) mm long, obtuse at apex; filaments 4–6(–7) mm long. Fruit curved upwards near apex, 3–4 cm long (including beak); valves corky, constricted between seeds, segments eventually breaking off in pairs (not splitting along the septum); seeds brown, oblong, 1–1.5 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

*MuM. Native to China and Europe, first recorded near Boort in 1941, but plants only beginning to spreading more recently. It is now regarded as a weed of cereal crops in the eastern Mallee region, with plants also beginning to spread along disturbed roadsides in that area.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-08-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Chorispora
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chorispora tenella in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chorispora tenella in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised

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