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Onerow yellowcress (Nasturtium microphyllum)

Onerow yellowcress Synonyms: Nasturtium officinale, Rorippa microphylla, Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum

Common Names: Water cress

Description: It was introduced around the world due to its popularity as a salad green.

Habit: Erect or spreading; perennial; 4-18 in tall; emergent aquatic, sometimes evergreen; forming large, tangled masses; stems spreading, rooting from the lower nodes.

Leaves: Pinnately-divided, 3-9 rounded leaflets with the end one longest.

Stems: Erect; 4-18 in tall.

Flowers: White in color, 4 petals, 1/5 in wide, petals are 2 times longer than the sepals, inflorescence is a cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers from the ends of the shoots.

Fruit and seeds: Seed pod, long, thin, coarse seeds in 1 row, uniseriate, reddish brown, ovoid.

Habitat: Native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Found in lake margins, streams, ponds, springs, river shores, seeps, swales, wet meadows.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Watercress (Nasturtium officinale).

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pulling; effectively controlled by any of the several readily available general use herbicides such as glyphosate.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the, Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium and the USDA PLANTS Database.

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Common Name:

Onerow yellowcress

Scientific Name:

Nasturtium microphyllum







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