Lepidium draba L.

Hoary Cress

Sp. Pl. 2: 645 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Plant 15–90 cm high, procumbent to erect; roots producing adventitious buds. Basal leaves petiolate, obovate to elliptic, to 10 cm long, margins scalloped, toothed or entire; stem leaves sessile, obovate to ovate-oblong, sessile, base stem-clasping, margins broadly toothed. Sepals c. 2 mm long; petals 3–4 mm long, white. Fruit cordate, 3–5 mm long, 3.5–5 mm wide, inflated, apex obtuse to rounded, separating into 1- or 2-seeded portions; style 1–2 mm long; pedicels 4–15 mm long. Flowers mostly spring.

*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *GGr, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *MSB, *NIS, *OtP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. A common weed of crops and a declared noxious weed in most States. Its distribution in Victoria is wider than herbarium records indicate (see Parsons & Cuthbertson 1992).

Characterised by the heart-shaped fruits and simple leaves.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Cardaria draba (L.) Desv.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-18
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Lepidium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lepidium draba in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidium draba in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Scroll Belt present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory