Taxon  Report   1479 
Cardamine californica  (Torrey & A. Gray) E. Greene
Bitter cress,  California toothwort, milk maids
Cardamine californica
© 2004 Christopher L. Christie
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Cardamine californica
© 2004 Christopher L. Christie
Cardamine californica
© 2008 Keir Morse
Cardamine californica, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Cardamine californica
© 2004 Christopher L. Christie
Genus: Cardamine
(many plant communities), Foothill Woodland, Redwood Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Coastal Prairie, Northern Oak Woodland
Habitat: streambanks, slopes [Walker]
Wetlands:Occurs in wetlands in another region, but occurs almost always under natural conditions in non wetlands in California [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
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Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
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TJM2: Dentaria pachystigma var. dissectifolia
TJM2: Dentaria californica
TJM2: Dentaria californica var. sinuata
TJM2: Dentaria californica var. integrifolia
TJM2: Dentaria californica var. cuneata
TJM2: Dentaria californica var. cardiophylla
TJM2: Cardamine pachystigma var. dissectifolia
TJM2: Cardamine californica var. sinuata
TJM2: Cardamine californica var. integrifolia
TJM2: Cardamine californica var. cuneata
TJM2: Cardamine californica var. cardiophylla
TJM2: Cardamine californica var. californica
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Oct 26, 2016).

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