Common name: Field Cress
Lepidium campestre (L.) W.T.Aiton APNI*
Description: Annual or biennial weed, erect, 20–60 cm high, densely covered with spreading hairs.
Basal leaves to 7 cm long, ovate to obovate, entire to toothed or slightly lobed, sessile or petiolate, not persistent; stem leaves ± narrow-triangular, 3–6 cm long, 3–7 mm wide, entire to toothed, pubescent, sessile, auriculate.
Inflorescence an elongating raceme. Sepals 1.5 mm long. Petals c. 2 mm long, white. Stamens 6. Silicula broad-ovate, 5–6 mm long, 4 mm wide, covered with scale-like vesicles when dry; wings c. 2 mm wide; pedicel horizontal, 5–6 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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