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shepherd's purse

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A small annual weed (Capsella bursa-pastoris) 3–40 cm/1¼–15 in, found almost everywhere; a rosette of oblong, lobed, or entire leaves and white, cross-shaped flowers; capsules heart-shaped, reminiscent of an old-style peasant's purse. (Family: Cruciferae.)

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