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

Rorippa palustris subsp. palustris
marsh yellow cress
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

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Distribution of Rorippa palustris subsp. palustris
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Species Information

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Annual, biennial, or short-lived perennial herb from a slender taproot; stems erect, 15-100 cm tall, simple to much branched from base, glabrous to stiff-hairy.
Basal and lower stem leaves oblong to oblanceolate, (4) 6-20 cm long, 0.5-4 cm wide, short-stalked to unstalked, irregularly saw-toothed, incised, deeply cleft, repand, or variously pinnately divided, with slightly clasping, ear-like lobes at the bases, sharp- or long-pointed at the tips; glabrous or stiff-hairy.
Inflorescence of spreading-ascending stalks, 3-14 mm long, glabrous to sparsely hairy; petals light yellow, 1-3.5 mm long, oblong to broadly spoon-shaped; sepals often yellowish or purplish, 1-2 mm long, glabrous.
Siliques, spreading to ascending, straight to somewhat upcurved, 3-14 mm long, 2-3 mm wide, egg-shaped to cylindric or clavate, 1- to 4-carpelled; beaks 0.2-1 mm long, straight, abruptly attached to apex; seeds brown to reddish-brown, mostly 0.4-0.6 mm long, minutely honeycombed and pimpled, 20-80.
At least six poorly defined varieties have been attributed to the BC flora, but are not treated here.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet meadows and boggy areas in the lowland and lower montane zones; common throughout BC; circumboreal, throughout North America.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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 not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Radicula palustris (L.) Moench
Rorippa islandica var. microcarpa (Regel) Fernald
Rorippa palustris subsp. palustris
Rorippa palustris var. reptabunda (Fernald) R. Stuckey
Rorippa palustris var. williamsii (Britton) Hultén

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