Lepidium species

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Scientific Name Lepidium densiflorum USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEDE
Common Name Common Peppergrass, Pepperweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
22960
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils along roadsides and other disturbed and waste areas, prairies, fields, pastures.
Plant: Erect annual or biennial plant with single, branched stem, 10 to 20 inches tall; stems smooth or lightly hairy.
Leaves: Basal rosette of oblanceolate, spatulate or oblong leaves, 1 to 3 inches long, deeply serrate on short petioles; midstem leaves 0.8 to 1.2 inches long, oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate, short-petiolate with serrate margins; upper stem leaves 0.4 to 0.8 inches long, linear-lanceolate, sessile, not clasping, and usually with a few teeth along edges.
Inflorescence: Small white flowers 1/16 to 1/8 inch across in dense, branched clusters 2 to 4 inches long borne laterally and terminally on the stems; 4 greenish sepals with white margins, and up to 4 often inconspicuous narrow white petals that are shorter than the sepals.
Fruit: Small rounded siliques about 1/8-inch across with a small dent at the end, on pedicels less than 1/4-inch long.
Bloom Period: February to June.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, and SEINet.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Lepidium virginicum USDA PLANTS Symbol
LEVI3
Common Name Peppergrass, Virginia Pepperweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
22955
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils along roadsides and other disturbed and waste areas.
Plant: Somewhat erect annual or biennial plant with single, multiply-branched stem, 6 to 24 inches tall; stems minutely pubescent below and smooth above.
Leaves: Variable from long (5 inch) basal and lower stem leaves, pinnatifid, to oblanceolate, with serrate segments; midstem leaves 1-1/2 inches long, oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate and serrate, to small, less than one-inch long linear leaves nearer the top.
Inflorescence: Small white flowers 1/16 to 1/8 inch across in dense, branched clusters 2 to 4 inches long borne laterally and terminally on the stems; 4 greenish-white sepals, and up to 4 white petals that are longer than the sepals.
Bloom Period: March to May.
Fruit: Flat, round siliques with a small dent at the end, on pedicels 1/4 to 1/2-inch long.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, and SEINet.
Texas Status
Native

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