Cardamine debilis agg.


Cardamine: From the Greek name kárdamon, referring to an Indian spice
debilis: weak

Common Name(s)

NZ bitter cress

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Cardamine debilis DC.



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites

Flower Colours



Not Threatened

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Notes on taxonomy

On advice (P. B. Heenan pers. comm.) we include a number of named and unnamed entities within a broad circumscription of C. debilis. This is mainly because until New Zealand Cardamine is revised, application of names, as seen in literature is uncertain and therefore unwise.


This page last updated on 27 Aug 2013