E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Cardamine angulata Hook.
angled bitter-cress (seaside bittercress)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Cardamine angulata
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from slender rhizome, greater than 3 cm long, not tuberous; stems simple, 40-80 cm tall, glabrous or sparsely hairy.
With 3-5 leaflets, long-stalked, leaflets narrowly egg-shaped to egg-shaped, widely toothed to lobed, the terminal leaflet 1.5-5 cm long, 1.2-3 cm wide, somewhat larger than the lateral ones, hairy-fringed; upper stem leaves egg-shaped, with 3-5 large teeth.
Inflorescence a simple raceme; flower stalks 8-20 mm long, ascending, glabrous; petals white to pinkish, 8-14 mm long; sepals pale yellow-green, about 2 mm long.
Siliques, 1.5-3.5 cm long, 1.5-2 mm wide, erect, glabrous; styles 1.5-3 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist woods and river banks in the lowland zone; rare on the Queen Charlotte Islands and Vancouver Island; N to S AK and S to N CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Cardamine angulata

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 50 238 575
Slope Gradient (%) 0 10 45
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
45 180 225
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 5 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CWH(5)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is cool mesothermal.

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