Sheperd's Purse - Flowers of Sweden

Capsella bursa-pastoris, SE: Lomme, DE: Gewöhnliches Hirtentäschel,
NL: Herderstasje, UK: Sheperd's Purse, Mother's heart

Scientific name:  Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medicus
Basionym:  Thlaspi bursa-pastoris Linnaeus 1753
Swedish name:  Lomme
German name:  Gewöhnliches Hirtentäschel
Nederlandse naam:  Herderstasje
English name:  Sheperd's Purse, Mother's heart
Hebrew name:  ילקוט הרועים‮‬
Family:  Cruciferae / Brassicaceae, Korsblommiga växter

Sweden Flowers, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Lomme, Gewöhnliches Hirtentäschel, Herderstasje, Sheperd's Purse, Mother's heart

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  To +50cm tall, herbaceous, erect, stellate pubescent, simple or branching, with a fairly large taproot
Leaves:  Alternate,rosette, entire, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  White, a terminal raceme to +25cm long; flower stems spreading, 1-2cm; corolla 3-4mm broad; 4 white petals, 6 stamens, attached at base of ovary; 1 very short style; 4 sepals, free, green, glabrous, oblong
Fruits / Pods:  Obcordate (heart-shaped with apex in a downward direction) silique to +3mm long
Flowering Period:  April-October
Habitat:  Roadsides, streets and waste places etc. It can also grow just above the tree line in the mountains
Distribution:  Throughout the country, except in the mountain regions

Capsella bursa-pastoris, Lomme, Gewöhnliches Hirtentäschel, Herderstasje, Sheperd's Purse, Mother's heart


Derivation of the botanical name:
Capsella, Latin, little box, a small box, small coffer.
bursapastoris, Late Latin, bursa, βυρσα, purse; pastor, a herdsman, shepard; sheperd's purse.
  • 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 Medik. is used to indicate Friedrich Kasimir Medikus (1736–1808), a German physician and botanist.

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