Rorippa sylvestris(L.) Besser Creeping Yellowcress

Rorippa sylvestris(L.) Besser - Creeping Yellowcress

Scientific Description:

Stoloniferous perennial herb. Stems ascending to erect, 12−60 cm, furrowed, ± glabrous. Leaves all pinnate to pinnatisect (very rarely the uppermost almost entire), with oblong, toothed segments. Petals bright yellow, 3−5 mm, clearly exceeding the sepals. Fruits siliquiform, linear, often curved, 7−18 mm, borne on horizontal or somewhat ascending pedicels.


Flowering time: June−September.

Habitat: Marshes, swampy ground, river banks, etc., very rarely in cultivated land, s.l.−1800 m.



Coode MJE & Cullen J (1965). Rorippa sylvestre (L.) Bess., In: Davis PH (ed.), Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean Islands, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 1: 432-433.

Public Description:

Rorippa sylvestris, common name “creeping yellowcress”, keek” or “yellow fieldcress”, is native to temperate Europe, Türkiye and Asia. Creeping yellowcress is a perennial herb with shiny yellow flowers, up to 60 cm tall. It can be seen in flower during summer. Due to tolerance to salt, this plant has potential to be taken into breeding programs during future drought periods.


Anonymous 1 (2015)., Accessed date: 29.12.2015.

Anonymous 2 (2015)., Accessed date: 29.12.2015.

Bağcı Y (2012). Rorippa Scop., 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. 293−294.

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