Sessile Leaf Warea
Sessile Leaf Pineland Cress
Warea sessilifolia - Nash
Brassicaceae (Mustard) Family
 

 

Plant is an upright, slender, smooth annual with stems to 4 feet tall, usually branching freely.  Preferred habitat is dry sandhills along the coastal plains; arid pine and scrub oak covered forest.  Distribution is isolated areas where drainage is good and the soil is excessively dry.

The leaves are small, oval in shape, with a rounded base and no leaf stalk; about 3/4 inch long and tapered to a wedge-
like base.

Flowers are pink to white, borne in head-like racemes at the end of the flowering stem; four petals that narrow to a claw-like base.  Flowering occurs in late summer and early autumn.

Fruit is a long, narrow silique that splits along a seam when mature (a dry fruit with two seed chambers separated by a false partition typical of the Mustard family).

The related W. cuneifolia is quite similar but the leaves are considerably larger and easily distinguished from W. sessilifolia, which has small oval-shaped leaves.

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