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Cardamine angustata O.E. Schulz

Slender toothwort

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderBrassicalesMustard, cabbage, caper, papaya, nasturtiums, many others; most produce mustard oil
FamilyBrassicaceaeMustards, cabbages
GenusCardamineBittercress (also called Dentaria)—from the Greek kardamon, an herb with pungent leaves

About plant names...

Slender toothwort and other members of the bittercress family have recently been moved from the Dentaria genus to Cardamine.

Identification: Slender toothwort is a delicate forest floor plant, with several clusters of three leaves at its base, as well as smaller, narrower 3-part leaves on its stem. It is 8-16" (20-40 cm) tall, with a stem that is often purple. Leaves are usually quite deeply divided. Flowers are tubular at first, opening into four petals, pale pink or white, in clusters of several flowers.

Online References:


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site

Wildflowers of the United States

Delaware Wildflowers


Cardamine angustata O.E. Schulz var. ouachitana E.B. Sm.

Cardamine heterophylla (Nutt.) Alph. Wood

Dentaria heterophylla Nutt.


Cardamine angustata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Cardamine angustata (slender toothwort)

4/15/1979 · Memphis, Ten­nes­see · By Tim Chandler


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