Common name: Virginian Peppercress
Lepidium virginicum L. APNI*
Description: Annual or biennial weed 30–50 cm high, erect, hairy.
Basal leaves lyrate-pinnatisect to pinnate, to 9 cm long, hirsute with short curved hairs; stem leaves reducing to oblanceolate, toothed or entire, margins ciliate.
Inflorescence a dense, elongating raceme. Sepals 0.7–1 mm long. Petals 1–2 mm long, white. Stamens usually 2, rarely 3 or 4. Silicula ± circular, 3–4 mm long, c. 3 mm wide; wings only in upper half, notch shallow; pedicel spreading, 4–5 mm long, shortly hairy above.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of N Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *SC, *NT
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic.
Text by L. Retter & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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