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Lepidium nesophilum Hewson
Family Brassicaceae
Lepidium nesophilum Hewson APNI*

Description: Perennial herb or subshrub, erect to decumbent, glabrous. Stem trailing to 1.5 m.

Leaf lamina narrowly oblanceolate to lanceolate or elliptic, 3–12 cm long, 0.5–2 cm broad, attenuate at base, entire or serrate in upper half only with slightly larger subapical teeth, acute; upper leaf lamina linear, reduced, entire.

Sepals ovate, 1.5–2 mm long, green with white margins. Petals 1.5–2.5 mm long, white. Stamens 4.

Infructescence elongate; pedicels 4–10 mm long. Silicula ovate-elliptic, 3–4 mm long; apex with a very reduced wing and notch; valves keeled. Seeds ellipsoidal, c. 2 mm long.


Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Is. A local endemic.

Found on basalt rocky ledges at low elevations.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
AVH map***

Text by B.M. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia Volume 49


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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