Genus Capsella Medic

Medic., Pflanzengatt. (1792) 89.

Fam:   Cruciferae Juss. (Brassicaceae)
Genus:   Capsella Medic
English Name: Shepherd’s purse


Annual or biennial, naked or slightly fibrous plants with simple or branched, mostly leafy stems. Basal leaves entire, serrated, feathery-like endowed or feathery-like cut; stem leaves entire, sagittal, cover with their base the stem. Inflorescences clustered, unbranched. Sepals green or sometimes colored, erect like petals. Petals white, yellow, pink or violet. The stamens are simple. The nectarines are semi-lunar. The style very short; the stigma is small, spherical. Ovarian wells with 12 seeds in each well. Fruit ruffles laterally flattened, triangularly heart-shaped, at the top cut or concave;. Self-pollinated plants. Propagated by seeds.

Table for determination of the species

1   Petals white. The sepals are green. Pods convex or flat, with straight edges ……................. - C. bursa-pastoris (L.) Medic.
1* Petals pinkish, purple or blushed. The sepals are colored as petals. Pods with edges bent inwards ...... 2. - C. rubella Reuter

¹ Developed by Stefan Valev

From:    „Флора на НР България”, том IV, БАН, София, (1970)

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Capsella is a genus of herbaceous plant and biennial plants in the family Brassicaceae.[1] It is a close relative of Arabidopsis, Neslia, and Halimolobos.[2]
Some recent authors circumscribe Capsella to contain only three species: Capsella bursa-pastoris, Capsella rubella and Capsella grandiflora.[2]
Capsella rubella is a self-fertilizing species that became self-compatible 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. Its outcrossing progenitor was Capsella grandiflora. In general, the shift from outcrossing to self-fertilization is among the most common transitions in flowering plants. Capsella rubella is studied as a model for understanding the evolution of self-fertilization.[3][4]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The genus Capsella is in the family Brassicaceae in the major group Angiosperms (Flowering plants).
Capsella — The Plant List › browse › Brassicaceae › Capsella

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Distribution in Bulgaria: (Conspectus of the Bulgarian Vascular Flora) = conspectus&gs_l= Zlc.

References: „Флора на НР България”, том IV, БАН, София, (1970), Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, › browse › Brassicaceae › Capsella


Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medic. - Shepherd's purse


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