The Wikipedia page on Capsella has a list of 27 species, of which only a few appear in blue indicating that they have their own pages. When I hover my mouse over the blue ones, I find that the tooltip indicates most of them as synonyms of Capsella bursa-pastoris. The only exceptions are C. gracilis, C. grandiflora, C. orientalis, and C. rubella. Based on what I have read elsewhere, I assume that the ones in red are also synonyms.
So here are my questions: This source implied that the weedy, exotic populations around the world are all C. bursa-pastoris. However, my 1980 edition of Peterson’s Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern/Northcentral North America has both C. bursa-pastoris and C. rubella as occurring “throughout,” distinguished by the shape of the silique. Which is correct? Is this a case as has been discussed in other threads re: dandelions, i.e. all weedy specimens are assumed to be one species when it is not so? Or is C. bursa-pastoris indeed the only widespread weedy one? How would one determine this?