Images by Gurcharan Singh, Aarti S Khale (Id by Ushadi & J M Garg), Suresh Rana (validation by Gurcharan Singh), Prashant Awale (Id by Gurcharan Singh) & A Sinha (Id by Ushadi & Gurcharan Singh) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (for complete
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Shepherd’s Purse, Cocowort, Blind weed; 
Annual herb with basal rosette of pinnatifid to lyrate leaves; cauline leaves sessile and auricld; flowers white, 2.5-3 mm across, in many flowerd rcemes elongating to 30 cm in fruit; siliqua obcordate-triangular 5-8 mm long, apical notch wide, v-shaped, with many small seeds.
The plant can often b confused with Thlaspi but the fruits of latter are not triangular, they are more or less winged and mostly 2-seeded, seeds large. 


Brassicaceae Herb for id from Chakrata- March 2018::NS 03 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

This herb was recorded from near Chakrata, Uttrakhand on March 03, 2018..
Tried to compare with those available under Brassicaceae on eFI, but could not match, your inputs requested..

Yes, appears something new. 

No idea! Seems interesting.

Yes, I could also not find a match or clue to the genus as per comparative images at Brassicaceae

This could simply be Capsella bursa-pastoris

Thanks …, Capsella bursa-pastoris cannot be ruled out, unless we see the fruits


Capsella bursa-pastoris from Paddar valley J&K:
Request for ID confirmation

Kindly confirm ID
Bot. name: Capsella bursa-pastoris
Family: Brassicaceae
Location: Paddar valley J&K
Altitude: 2200 meters asl
Date: 19th May 2012
Habit/habitat: Wild herb

Yes Capsella bursapastoris

Brassicaceae Week :: PKA3-290910 :: Capsella bursa-pastoris at Chatadu:
This herb with white coloured tiny flowers was found at Chatadu (11100ft altitude).
Bot. name: Capsella bursa-pastoris,
Common name: Shepherd’s purse
Family: Brassicaceae
Date/Time: 29-09-2010 / 01:15PM
Location: Chatadu Village on Rohtang- Chandratal route (11100ft altitude).
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Herb

Yes …

Thanks … for this interesting species. I was searching for this species with my book collection. To my surprise this is not mentioned in FOH (Polunin) but is mentioned in Flora of Mah by BSI.
Capsella genus is included in the group of plants with fruits not longish but otherwise i.e. suborbicular,ovoid or obcordate. I can see somewhat similar here in your photographs.
It is considered as a weed of cultivation and is reported from Satara in Mah. Leaves also match with the given description.

Brassicaceae Week: Capsella bursa-pastoris from Kashmir & Manali:
Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik., Pflanzengatt. 1: 85. 1792.

syn: Thlaspi bursa-pastoris L.
Common names: Shepherd’s purse
Annual herb with basal rosette of pinnatifid to lyrate leaves; cauline leaves sessile and auricld; flowers white, 2.5-3 mm across, in many flowerd rcemes elongating to 30 cm in fruit; siliqua obcordate-triangular 5-8 mm long, apical notch wide, v-shaped, with many small seeds.
Photographed fom Kashmir and Manali
The plant can often b confused with Thlaspi but the fruits of latter are not triangular, they are more or less winged and mostly 2-seeded, seeds large.

Nice one. I too had seen this plant at Chadatu.


Brassicaceae Week: Capsella bursa-pastoris from Paddar Valley J&K:
Bot. name: Capsella bursa-pastoris
Location: Paddar Valley J&K.
Altitude: 1900 meters asl

a common weed in north america
even in cemented sidewalk cracks these can come up

Yes … Nice photograph.

Brassicaceae Week ::180911- PKA18- :: Unid?? at Diskit, Ladakh:
Herb from Diskit (Ladakh).
Date/Time: 18-09-2011 / 08:45AM.

Yes, Shepherd’s purseCapsella bursa-pastoris

The classic obcordate shaped fruits.



Pls help ID : herb with curious fruit from hills nr Bangalore AS-Apr-2 -2 : 7 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.

Slender herb about 2.5 ft high, flowers are not clear but the fruit is curious looking.
Growing wild on Nandi Betta hills Bangalore. (4800 ft )
Please help ID;

capsella sp. eg shepherd’s purse

Thank you for this id;
It does not have any local vernacular names apparently, and is listed as exotic. Must be well established on the hills, seeing the reports on EFI.

Capsella bursa-pastoris, commonest weed in hills of India and temperate zone of the World.

…, the one I know when I was 5 years old and would go out in field to harvest rosettes of leaves of “Kral Mond” (Capsella burpa-pastoris), “Hund” (Taraxacum officinale), “Batti” (Cichorium intybus), and cook as delicious vegetable.

Thank you for the local names (i surmise they would be Kashmiri dialect names ) for these three herbs… shepherd’s purse is included in many herb walks in north east USA, favored to heal cystitis and uterine bleeds.

I have eaten all three very often in spring as greens in salad without thinking of their herbal properties, but the dandelion is definitively good for liver and in fall pulling up the long tap root of dandelion to dry, and keep for various uses … along with burdock roots ((both roots are also available in organic green groceries next time you may wish to look them up and eat in soups or thin soupy daal at home good for the liver))
and Cichorium intybus as wild flowers … later in fall to dig up the roots roasting and used as chikory to add to coffee to miimic the french coffee mixes I grew up with in eastern India…
and of course eating endives … a form of cultivated chikory… Cichorium intybus… binomial is the same but it looks and tastes completely different..
just discovered that wiki has a nice page:
... so you are this greenearth?
… just gave us some local names

Thanks for the replies….. so much more info along with the ID. Traditional practices are being lost, even as it becomes easier to access and share knowledge.
I did look up endive; Amazed to know that endives, Cichorium endiva, are related to chicory C.intybus. But a different species.

do not know how to address you.. so simply a  … it is..
chicory endive c. intybus versus c. endivia… this mistake is common, if you have not eaten the white/white yellow leaves of endive… Belgian endive to be sure… its cultivated from the roots of the ((roadside blue flowered)) chicory..c. intybus… its planned that way/ needs to grown twice… too much labor..
what you looked up and you got it right as endive is really what is called curly endive …its really written as Chicorium endivia
there is an i in the spelling
Chicory no matter how grown and what they look like are important herbs for liver and the nervous system.
better to include them in food habits
alas we dont get them in the ganges delta, too hot by far and farmers here donot put in the labor needed to grow the belgian endives and keep them blanched … and i have yet to see the curly endive anywhere in Indian food markets

Lepidium sativum : For Validation : Srinagar : 13JUN16 : AK-19 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Pictures taken on 24th April in Srinagar.
Is this Garden Cress?
Kindly validate.

no. the fruit capsule is different… look at the shape and the thickness. its capsella a shepard’s purse. what would also help is to look at the leaves esp the lowest ground hugging rosette

There is only one species in efi i.e. Capsella bursa-pastoris & you images match with this.

thanks for validation and the link. … please compare your fruit shape

SK348JAN28-2017:ID : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (15)

Location: Bojepokhari, Lalitpur, Nepal
Altitude: 4200 ft.
Date: 28 January 2017

Please compare with Capsella bursa-pastoris in eFI.

Thank you …  Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. (accepted name)
Nepali Names : चम्सुरे झार Chamure Jhaar  / चाल्ने Chaalne / तोरी घाँस Toree Ghaans 

SK604 28 JUN-2017:ID : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Location: Chaile, Mustang, Nepal
Date: 9 April  2017
Altitude: 10500 ft.
Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.  


Small plant for validation :: Shimla, Dec 2018 :: ARK2019-07 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Seen this at the Naldehra Golf course near Shimla, HP in Dec 2018.
Looks like Capsela bursa-pastoris, requested to please validate.

Yes correct id, it’s Capsella bursa-pastoris.

Other recipients:


446 ID wild plant: 14 high res. images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location: bloomed in The HIMALAYAS at Kangan, Jammu & Kashmir INDIA
Altitude: 8100fsl
Flower date: 13APR2023, 10am
Habitat: wild moisture roadside
Plant habit: rosette plant, erect unbranched, weak stem, hairy, annual
Height: 15cm
Leaves: whorled clustered, lobate, elliptic, acute, leathery, hairy size upto:12×4cm
Flower: terminal umbel inflorescence, lengthy peduncle, clustered, 04 petals, diameter:03mm, white, good fragrance
Fruit: capsule heart shaped compressed green into yellow, size:10×2mm
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Sharing more images, slightly small than Kangan flowers.
Location: Dallake roadside Srinagar
Date: 11APR2023

Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. !

Yes, it is Capsella bursa-pastoris, dear Saroj ji, thank you very much for ID my plant

The leaves are edible and used as a vegetable. The purse like pods have a peppery taste and I used to relish them as a child, It is called “Kral Mujj” Or “Kral Mond” in Kashmiri. The village women sometimes bring the leaves for sale in the city markets.

A very common weed in northern India.


Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Dhorpatan, Baglung, Nepal 
Date: 31May 2023
Elevation: 2900 m.
Habit : Wild


Identification required for Brassicaceae, Pakistan: 6 images.
Please help to identify the specimen, i assume it is Capsella bursapestoris but looks little different. The plant was collected from Naltar, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan in August 2023.

Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.



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