Cardamine depressa subsp. stellata


Cardamine: From the Greek name kárdamon, referring to an Indian spice
depressa: From the Latin depremere 'to press down', meaning to be flattened vertically, often referring to a plant's habit
stellata: With spreading star-like rays,starry

Common Name(s)

Bitter cress

Current Conservation Status

2018 - At Risk - Naturally Uncommon

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

2012 - Not Threatened
2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Cardamine depressa var. stellata (Hook.f.) Hook.f.



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites


Cardamine stellata Hook.f.


Endemic. In New Zealand known from the South, Auckland, and Campbell Islands. Elsewhere it is only known from Macquarie Island, which, while botanically part of the New Zealand Botanical Region is managed by Australia

Propagation Technique

Easy from fresh seed, inclined to become invasive. Short-lived and prefers cooler non humid climates


Not Threatened

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Where To Buy

Not commercially available

This page last updated on 23 Sep 2014