Scientific Description:

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, often rhizomatous, the rhizome sometimes fleshy or scaly. Hairs simple or absent. Leaves entire to pinnate, if pinnate then usually with a large terminal leaflet. Petals white or violet, very rarely creamy or yellowish. Fruit a siliqua. Seeds in one row in each cell. Style usually present.



Cullen J (1965). Cardamine L., In: Davis PH (ed.), Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 1: 438.

Public Description:

Cardamine is a genus of annuals and perennials flowering plants known as “bittercress” and grows worldwide in diverse habitats, except the Antarctica. There are approximately 233 species in the word and 13 species (14 taxa) in Türkiye. There are many cultural forms of bittercress as an ornamental plant. Also some species are used in the treatment of heart and stomach ailments.



Anonymous 1 (2015)., Accessed date: 28.12.2015

Anonymous 2 (2015)., Accessed date: 28.12.2015

Mutlu B (2012). Cardamine L., In: Güner, A., Aslan, S., Ekim, T., Vural, M. & Babaç, M.T. (eds.), Türkiye Bitkileri Listesi (Damarlı Bitkiler). Nezahat Gökyiğit Botanik Bahçesi ve Flora Araştırmaları Derneği Yayını. İstanbul, pp. 264−266.

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