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Taxon: Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.

Genus: Capsella
Family: Brassicaceae (alt. Cruciferae) tribe: Camelineae
Nomen number: 105461
Place of publication: Pfl.-Gatt. 85. 1792
Name verified on: 30-Apr-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 30-Apr-2010
Species priority site is: Northeast Regional PI Station (NE9).
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • shepherd's-purse   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • kees ar rai   (Source: Weeds Saudi Arabia ) – Arabic
  • qi   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • bourse à pasteur   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • capselle à pasteur   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Hirtentäschel   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • nazuna   (Source: F Japan ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • naeni   (Source: Econ Bot 50:61.) – Transcribed Korean
  • bolsa-de-pastor   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • erva-do-bom-pastor   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • zurrón de pastor   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • lomme   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Harmful organism host: crop diseases   (fide Pl Cell Rep 26:1792. 2007 citing resistance to Alternaria brassicae and Sclerotinia)
  • Harmful organism host: crop pests   (fide Crop Prod Sci 9:134. 1999)
  • Human food: vegetable   (fide Econ Bot 50:61, 67. 1996)
  • Gene sources: potential for crop quality in rape   (fide Pl Cell Rep 26:1791. 2007, reporting hybrids with reduced erucic acid and glucosinolates content from crosses between this species and Brassica napus)
  • Gene sources: potential for gene transfer in turnip   (fide Pl Cell Rep 26:1791. 2007)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of cabbage/kale   (based on hybrids with Brassica olearacea obtained by protoplast fusion fide Wild Crop Rel Oils 3:54. 2011)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of rape   (fide Pl Cell Rep 26:1791. 2007, reporting hybrids from crosses between this species and Brassica napus)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of turnip   (fide Pl Cell Rep 26:1791. 2007, reporting hybrid formation in crosses with Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis as female parent)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2; Herbal Drugs)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals   (fide Cooper & Johnson ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Weed CIBA)

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands
    Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
    Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia; Yemen
    Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Iceland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores; Spain - Canary Islands
    Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea; Ethiopia
    East Tropical Africa: Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda
    West-Central Tropical Africa: Zaire
    South Tropical Africa: Zimbabwe
    Southern Africa: Lesotho; South Africa
    Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius; Reunion
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Far East
    China: China
    Eastern Asia: Japan; Korea
    Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Sri Lanka
    Australia: Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Subarctic America: Greenland
    United States
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Caribbean: Cuba; Hispaniola; Jamaica
    Mesoamerica: Costa Rica; Guatemala
    Brazil: Brazil
    Western South America: Bolivia; Ecuador; Peru
    Southern South America: Argentina; Chile; Uruguay

    China: China
    Eastern Asia: Korea

  • exact native range in Asia obscure




Check other web resources for Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik.:


  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Seeds or fruits: Seed ID Workshop image, from Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University
  • Check for additional images
  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (29 August 2015)

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