Capsella bursa-pastoris (Linnaeus 1753) Medikus 1792 (Family Brassicaceae)


Plant

Leaves

Flower

Fruit

Height: 5-60cm
Rarely Arbuscular Mycorrhizal
Annual, Persistent Seed Bank
Hermaphrodite, Flowering February - October (Earliest: 25.3)

Protective Chemicals
Quinolizidine Alkaloids Sparteine
Other Alkaloids Bursine
Glucosinolates Hydroxybenzyl, Propenyl
Terpenoids Saponins
Flavonoids Glucopyranoside, Kaempferol, Quercetin, Tricin
Other Phenolics Tartaric Acid, Tannins
Other Acids Bursinic, Citric, Fumaric, Malic
Other Acetylcholine

Biotopes:
Meadows

Around Buildings
Microhabitat:
Bare Ground
Parasites:
Liriomyza bryoniae

Liriomyza strigata
Herbivores:
Pieris brassicae

Pieris rapae

Xanthorhoe fluctuata Larva

Cnephasia incertana

Several Chrysomelidae
Sapivores:
Several Aphididae

Eurydema dominulus

Brachycarenus tigrinus Nymph

Laodelphax striatellus

Aphrodes bicinctus
Granivores:
Anthocharis cardamines Larva

Scolopostethus affinis

Ecological Flora of the British Isles
Skye Flora: Shepherd's Purse


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