Fumaria capreolata L.
Whiteflower Fumitory

Sp.Pl. 2:701 (1753)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Climbing or scrambling annual, herb, 0.1-1(-3) m high. Fl. white & red/brown, Aug to Nov. Common on wasteland, road verges.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 18 September 1997


IBRA Regions
Avon Wheatbelt, Esperance Plains, Geraldton Sandplains, Jarrah Forest, Mallee, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Geraldton Hills, Katanning, Merredin, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren, Western Mallee.
IMCRA Regions
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Armadale, Augusta Margaret River, Bayswater, Beverley, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Broomehill-Tambellup, Bunbury, Busselton, Cambridge, Canning, Capel, Claremont, Cockburn, Cottesloe, Dandaragan, Dardanup, Denmark, Esperance, Fremantle, Gingin, Greater Geraldton, Kalamunda, Kwinana, Lake Grace, Manjimup, Melville, Moora, Mundaring, Nannup, Narrogin, Nedlands, Northam, Perth, Rockingham, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, South Perth, Stirling, Swan, Victoria Plains, Vincent, Wagin, Wanneroo, West Arthur, Wickepin, Wongan-Ballidu, Woodanilling.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

Alternative Names. Climbing Fumitory, Whiteflower Fumitory.

General Biology. Growth form. Herb. Life form. Annual. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Contaminated seed, soil movement. Toxicity. Suspected of poisoning stock. Seedbank persistence. 20 years.

Notes. Colonises degraded sites. May hybridise with Fumaria muralis. Can be difficult to control due to a strongly persistent soil seed bank. Herbicide control can be unpredictable and variable, with tolerance and resistance varying among species of Fumaria. Potential biological control agents were assessed after one species Fumaria densiflora developed populations with herbicide resistance.

Additional information. Origin. Northern Africa, temperate Asia, Europe Macronesia, northern Africa, Temperate and western Asia, Europe. Similar exotic species. Fumaria muralis.

Suggested method of management and control. Spray metsulfuron methyl at 0.1 g/15 L (2.5 g/ha) + wetting agent or glyphosate 0.5%. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Germination         Y Y Y Y Y Y      
Active Growth           Y Y Y Y Y Y    
Flowering             O Y Y Y Y    
Fruiting                   U U U  
Optimum Treatment             Y Y Y        

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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