Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage family).
Native of the Mediterranean region.
Occurrence: A widespread and very common weed in the dry inland, particularly in overgrazed paddocks.
- it is an erect, branched plant to about 10 cm high
- it is covered with stiff, backward pointing hairs
- the flowers have four pale yellowish petals with purple veins
- the leaves are divided into narrow leaflets, which may be again divided into leaflets
- the fruit are hairy, with a flattened beak (so that the fruit resembles a green tadpole).
Notes: This weed is uncommon, or absent, from cooler areas. It is an annual. R:Ward’s Weed. Broken Hill. The flowers have faded. The fruit resembles a green tadpole.