Austrian fieldcress
Rorippa austriaca (Crantz) Bess.


Rorippa austriaca is a perennial herbaceous plant that can grow up to 3.3 ft. (1 m) tall.
Leaves are sessile, clasping, bluish green, 1.2-3.9 in. (3-10 cm) long, oblong to oblanceolate, glabrous, and entire to dentate.
Flowers are yellow in color and grow in clusters at the ends of the stems. Sepals are 0.08-0.1 in. (2-2.5 mm) across, and petals are 0.12-0.2 in. (3-5 mm) across.
Fruits are ovate, 0.09-0.12 in. (2.4-3 mm) wide, and ascending. Seeds are 0.03-0.04 in. (0.7-0.9 mm) long, rough, and reddish brown in color.
Ecological Threat
R. austriaca prefers disturbed areas including roadsides and mudflats. It is native to Europe.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Capparales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Rorippa
Subject: Rorippa austriaca (Crantz) Bess.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Austrian yellowcress

Related Scientific Names:
Nasturtium austriacum (Crantz) Bess. (Synonym)


Plants - Forbs/Herbs