Lepidium coronopus (L.) Al Shehbaz

Swine's Cress

Novon 14: 156 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or biennial herb, prostrate, without hairs; stems 5–30 cm long. Basal leaves petiolate, to 10 cm long, deeply pinnately divided with pinnately incised lobes; stem leaves becoming less divided. Inflorescence shorter than leaves at maturity. Sepals c. 1 mm long, persistent; petals c. 1 mm long, white; stamens usually 6; style c. 0.5 mm long. Fruit reniform, 2–3 mm long, 3.5–4 mm wide, base notched, apex acute, somewhat constricted at septum, not separating into 2 portions; valve surface with prominent ridges and peaks; pedicels 1.5–2 mm long, thick. Flowers spring–summer.

*CVU, *GipP, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, Tas. Apparently an uncommon weed in Victoria, with recent records only from Dimboola and Portland areas, Camperdown and western Melbourne suburbs.

Created by: Val Stajsic, 2016-10-27
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Lepidium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lepidium coronopus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidium coronopus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

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South Australia