Sweden wildflowers: Thale Cress

Arabidopsis thaliana, Arabis thaliana, Stenophragma thalianum,
SE: Vårskrinneblom, DE: Acker-Schmalwand, Gänsekraut,
Thal's Gänsekresse, NL: Zandraket, UK: Thale Cress, Mouse-ear cress

Scientific name:  Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh.
Synonym name:  Arabis thaliana L.; Stenophragma thalianum (L.) Celak.
Swedish name:  Vårskrinneblom
German name:  Acker-Schmalwand, Gänsekraut, Thal's Gänsekresse
Nederlandse naam:  Zandraket
English name:  Thale Cress, Mouse-ear cress
Hebrew name:  תודרנית לבנה, Tudranit lewana
Plant Family:  Brassicaceae, Korsblommiga växter

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Life form:  Annual
Stems:  Height 10–30 cm, erect, slender, usually unbranched, hairy
Leaves:  Basal rosette green to purplish leaves, serrated; stem leaves, unstalked, entire margin; leaves covered with trichomes
Flowers:  White or yellowish flowers arranged in a corymb
Flowering Period:  April, May, June
Fruits:  Pod, 1–1.5 cm long, divided in two by a membranous wall (a siliqua); spreading, curved, and flattened on upper side; Fruit-stalk about half the length of the siliqua, pointing obliquely upwards; Seed yellowish
Habitat:  Farmland and settlements
Distribution:  common in southern and central Sweden
Arabidopsis thaliana, Arabis thaliana, Stenophragma thalianum, SE: Vårskrinneblom, DE: Acker-Schmalwand, Gänsekraut, Thal's Gänsekresse, NL: Zandraket, UK: Thale Cress, Mouse-ear cress


Derivation of the botanical name:
Arabidopsis, arabis, a Greek word used for "mustard" or "cress," and the Greek word for Arabia; resembling Arabis.
thaliana, after Johannes Thal (1542 - 1583), who discovered this species in the Harz Mountains and originally called it Pilosella siliquosa.
Stenophragma, stenos στενοϛ narrow, straight; phragma, a fence or screen; a narrow fence
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Heynh. is used to indicate Gustav Heynhold (1800 – 1860), a German botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Čelak. is used to indicate Ladislav Josef Čelakovský (1834 – 1902), a Czech botanist.

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