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Forkleaf Toothwort, Thread Leafed Toothwort, Fineleaf Toothwort - Cardamine dissecta


Family: Brassicaceae - Mustard family Genus Common Name: Bittercress Native Status: NativeDicot Perennial Herb
Cardamine dissecta - Forkleaf Toothwort, Thread Leafed Toothwort, Fineleaf Toothwort. Forkleaf Toothwort gets the Forkleaf name because its leaves divide - fork - many times into narrow, untoothed segments. The narrow leaves give it the other common names listed. According to the Wildflower Center, the toothwort common name refers to the tooth-like projections on the underground stems.

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Cardamine dissecta

Distribution of Cardamine dissecta in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Oct 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Glen, Hamilton County, TN Date: 2009-March-22Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/160f/8 ISO100
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv)
Forkleaf Toothwort has white, sometime pink-tinted, 4-petaled blossoms terminating a stem which is 8 to 16 inches tall.
Cardamine dissecta

Site: The Glen, Hamilton County, TN Date: 2009-March-22Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Cardamine dissecta has terminal blossoms atop a stem with two leaves, each of which are divided into many narrow segments.
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Cardamine dissecta

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