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Nasturtium officinale R. Br. in Aiton, Hort. Kew. ed. 2. 4:110. 1812. Boiss., l.c. 178 (partly); Hook. f., l.c. 133; Kom., l.c. 144—p.p.; Coode & Cullen in Davis, l.c. 430; Hedge in Rech. f., l.c. 214. (Fig. 25,A-D & Tab. III, fig. 57).

Nasturtium officinale

Credit: Shaukat & Azmat

  • Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (L).
  • Sisymbrium nasturtium-aquaticum L.

    Perennial, rhizomatous, 10-80 cm long, procumbent and rooting below at the nodes, ascending or floating, glabrous green, rarely with scattered simple hairs. Leaves lyrate-pinnate; lower stalked with 1-5 leaflets; upper sessile, auricled at the base, and with 5-9 leaflets; terminal leaflet suborbicular or broadly cordate; lateral leaflet entire to sinuate-toothed. Leaves and stem remaining green in au¬tumn. Racemes 10-25-flowered, lax, up to 20 cm long in fruits. Flowers c. 4 mm across, white; pedicels up to 10 (-15) mm long in fruit, spreading, horizontal or slightly deflexed. Sepals c. 2 mm long. Petals 4-5 (-6) mm long, c. 2 mm broad. Stamens c. 2:3 mm long. Siliquae oblong, subcylindrical, 10-20 mm long, 2-2.5 mm broad, often slightly upcurved, glabrous, faintly veined, finely headed due to the pressure of seeds on valves; style 0.5-1 mm long with depressed stigma; seeds many, ± biseriate, ovoid, c. 1 mm long with c. 25 polygonal depressions on each face.

    Fl. Per.: April-July.

    Type: Described from Europe and America.

    Distribution: Europe and Temperate Asia; widely introduced.


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