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Thale Cress

Arabidopsis thaliana

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Brassicales
Family:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, rocks, sand dunes, walls, wasteland.

Flower:
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White, 4 petals
 
Flowers, 2 to 4mm in diameter. Insect-pollinated.
Fruit:
Cylindrical pods. Shepherd's Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) is similar in appearance but the pods make them easy to tell apart.
Leaves:
A hairy annual flower with lanceolate leaves, sometimes toothed. The lower leaves form a basal rosette and the upper leaves are stalkless but do not clasp the stems.
Other Names:
Arabidopsis, Mouse-ear Cress.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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