Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Capsella bursa-pastoris (Linnaeus) Medikus
(Shepherd's Purse)

Family: Brassicaceae

Status: Exotic

Bursa bursa-pastoris (Linnaeus) Webber

Capsella bursa-pastoris is best identified by the characteristic shape of its silicle (the fruit), to which the common name refers. Capsella bursa-pastoris is a common species in urban lawns and sidewalks.
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Capsella bursa-pastoris, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, near Gomez Peak, Apr. 20, 2008

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