Common name: Spiny Peppercress, Spiny Peppercress
Lepidium aschersonii Thell. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to 30 cm high, erect, hairy, intricately branched, smaller branches spinescent.
Basal leaves 2-pinnatisect, to 12 cm long; stem leaves reducing to lanceolate, toothed to entire, sessile.
Inflorescence a raceme terminating in a spine. Sepals c. 0.7 mm long. Petals reduced, linear. Stamens usually 2. Silicula ovate to obovate, 4 mm long, 2.5 mm wide; wings slight in upper half, forming small apical notch; pedicel c. 4 mm long, spreading, finely hairy.
Silicul.a ovate to obovate, 4 mm long, 2.5 mm wide; wings slight in upper half, forming small apical notch; pedicel c. 4 mm long, spreading, finely hairy.
Distribution and occurrence: Two main occurences in NSW, around West Wyalong and Narrabri.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Vic.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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