Capsella bursa-pastoris

Common Name: Shepherd's Purse

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inflorescence and fruits (silicles) in Spring--the flowers are very small.  Also notice the heart shaped silicles--the shape of the fruits is the derivation of the common name "shepherd's purse" for this plant (this is also the literal meaning of the specific epithet, bursa-pastoris). another inflorescence and young fruits--what kind of inflorescence is present here?

flower closeup--note the four petals, arranged in a cross shape, that typify the Brassicaceae (these are small flowers!) the stem leaves of Capsella bursa-pastoris are narrow and clasp the stems...
...while the basal leaves are larger and more dissected.