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Teesdalia nudicaulis
shepherd's cress

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, also in northeastern U.S.

Habitat: Sandy or gravelly soil at low elevations.

Flowers: March-May

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, annual herbs, the stems single, simple or freely-branched from the base, 5-25 cm. tall.


Leaves mostly in a basal rosette, 1.5-5 cm. long, slender-petiolate, the blades oval to oblanceolate or obovate, entire to lyrate-pinnatifid.


Inflorescence a terminal, bractless raceme, the stem scapose or with 1-several bract-like, entire to deeply-lobed leaves; pedicles slender, divergent, 4-8 mm. long; sepals 4, not saccate, often purple-tinged, about 0.5 mm. long; petals 4, white, 1 mm. long; stamens 6, the filaments with broad, scale-like, whitish, basal appendages; style lacking.


Silicles strongly obcompressed, oblong-obovate, 3-3.5 mm. long and nearly as wide, the valves keeled and slightly winged above; seeds 2 in each cell.

Accepted Name:
Teesdalia nudicaulis (L.) W.T. Aiton
Publication: Hortus Kew. 4: 83. 1812.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Iberis nudicaulis L.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Teesdalia nudicaulis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Teesdalia nudicaulis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Teesdalia nudicaulis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Teesdalia nudicaulis photos.

USDA Plants: Teesdalia nudicaulis information.

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