Hairy Bitter Cress   
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Hairy Bitter Cress
ative Herb Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Hairy Bitter Cress, Lamb's Cress, Land Cress, Hoary Bitter Cress • Manipuri: উচী হংগাম Uchi hangam • Tangkhul: Shiwokkayanghan
Botanical name: Cardamine hirsuta    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Hairy Bitter Cress is a winter annual plant native to Europe and Asia. It has unique foliage that makes it is easy to identify among other weeds. The leaflets on the foliage have a club shape, evident on even small seedlings. Leaves of bittercress seedlings are often simple, while leaves that develop later are generally compound. The small white flowers are borne in a corymb on wiry green stems, soon followed by the seeds and often continuing to flower as the first seeds ripen. Each flower has 4 white petals, generally 3 to 5 mm in diameter. The seed are borne in siliquae which, as with many mustard family species, will burst explosively, often when touched, sending the seeds flying far from the parent plant.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed in Sundar Nursery, Delhi.

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