|Scientific Name||Lepidium densiflorum||USDA PLANTS Symbol||LEDE|
|Common Name||Common Peppergrass, Pepperweed||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||22960|
|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.
Bloom Period: February to June.
Fruit: Small rounded siliques about 1/8-inch across with a small dent at the end, on pedicels less than 1/4-inch long.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, and SEINet.
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