Capsella tasmanica (Hook.) F.Muell. (1882:6)

Highland purse



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonyms: Hutchinsia tasmanica Hook. in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 9: t. 848 (1851); Thlaspi tasmanicum (Hook.) Hook.f. in Fl. Tasman. 1: 23 (1855); Bursa tasmanica (Hook.) Kuntze in Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 21 (1891)


Conservation Status

Extinct (Humphreys et al., 2019; POWO, 2023) or Invalid (synonym of C. bursaptoris) (Silcock et al., 2019:SM:12)

Last (and only) record: November 1848 (Silcock et al., 2019:SM:12 [as 1848])



near Arthur’s Lake, Tasmania, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Hooker, W. J. (1851). Icones Plantarum 9: fig. 848.


Other references:

Brown, M.J., Kirkpatrick, J.B. and Moscal, A. (1983). An Atlas of Tasmania’s endemic flora. Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc., Hobart. 

Christenhusz, M. and Govaerts, R. (2023). Uitgestorven. Op plantenjacht rond de wereld: 1-511. Sterck & De Vreese.

Curtis, W.M. and Morris, D.I. (1975). The Student’s Flora of Tasmania. Part 1 (2nd Edition). Government Printer, Hobart.

Hewson, H. (1982). ‘Brassicaceae’, In Flora of Australia, volume 8. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

Hnatiuk, R. J. (1990). Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series 11: 1-650.

Hooker, J. D. (1859). Flora Tasmaniae (Botany of the Antarctic voyage: volume 3). Lovell Reeve, London.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Leigh, John H., Boden, Robert and Briggs, John D. (1984). Extinct and Endangered Plants of Australia. South Melbourne, Victoria: The Macmillan Company of Australia Pty Ltd. viii + 369 pp.

Silcock, Jen L., Field, Ashley R., Walsh, Neville G. and Fensham, Roderick J. (2019). To name those lost: assessing extinction likelihood in the Australian vascular flora. Oryx 54(2): 167-177. [Supplementary Material]

Walter, Kerry S. and Gillett, Harriet J. (eds.). (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK: IUCN – The World Conservation Union. lxiv + 862 pp.

Wapstra, Mark et al. (2006). Finding a botanical Lazarus: tales of Tasmanian plant species 'risen from the dead'. The Tasmanian Naturalist 128: 61-85.


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