West Highland Flora

Common Wintercress

Barbarea vulgaris


Barbarea vulgaris

Photo Gill & Adrian Smith
Ryedale Naturalists
(21 May 2003 Hovingham, N Yorks)

Occasional in damp roadside grass etc, less common than B intermedia and perhaps sometimes confused with it.

Flower diameter c 7-9 mm.  Fruits c 15-30 mm long.

ID: Barbarea genus easily told by very dark leaves, the basal ones having a large end lobe and several narrower side lobes, plus the dense elongated flowerhead with 4-petalled yellow flowers and long narrow upright fruit pods.  See B intermedia for differences from that species.

Other features: Flowers May to July.  Leaves green all winter.

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