Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Narrowleaf Bittercress - Cardamine impatiens   L.
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DistributionThere are 2 locations of strays in NC, both in Alleghany County and both along the New River. First collected there in 1985 by Frosty Levy, then in 2006 by Derick Poindexter. A specimen from Chatham County (at NCSC) needs an ID check; it may represent C. flexuosa/occulta.

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. NH to Ont. and MN, south to NC and KY.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatRiver banks.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationNarrowleaf Bittercress is very distinctive in its fernlike leaves that are cut into 13 or more leaflets. Each leaflet is shallowly to deeply lobed. In addition, each leaf has backward-pointing, arrowlike lobes that clasp the stem.
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