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Common name

English: Bittercress

German: Echte Winterkresse

Portuguese: Erva-de-Santa-Bárbara


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2167)

      Order: Capparales (35)

        Family: Brassicaceae (32)(family description)

          Genus: Barbarea (1)

            Epithet: vulgaris R.Br. (14)

Synonyms: Arabis barbarea Bernh., Barbarea abortiva Hausskn., Barbarea altaica Andrz. ex Steud., Barbarea arcuata (Opiz ex J.Presl & C.Presl) Rchb., Barbarea arcuata Andrz. ex DC.

abortiva => improperly formed; premature; imperfect

altaica => from the Altai Mountains, a mountain range in East-Central Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together

arcuata => bow-shaped, bent

vulgaris => common, everyday


Climate: temperate

Habit: herb

Flower colour: yellow

External links

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