Lepidium phlebopetalum (F.Muell.) F.Muell

Veined Peppercress

Pl. Victoria 1: 47 (1861) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Annual or perennial herb, to c. 10 cm high, without hairs, smooth to papillose; stems decumbent to erect. Leaves lanceolate to linear, to 5 cm long, 2–3 mm wide, entire, thick, succulent to leathery, sometimes deciduous under dry conditions. Inflorescence an elongating raceme. Sepals 2–2.5 mm long; petals 3–4 mm long, clawed, white to purple, veins more deeply coloured; stamens 6. Fruit ovate to orbicular, 6–9 mm long, 5–7 mm wide, narrowly winged, notched at apex, valves usually papillose; style 0.5–2 mm long, shorter than or exceeding valves; pedicels 3–6 mm long, usually papillose. Flowers mostly spring.

GipP, MuM, RobP, VRiv. Arid regions of all mainland states. Very rare in Victoria, recorded in recent times only from open herbfields in the Quambatook area, often in relatively bare sites with crusting red clay loam soils. Early records from the far north-west exist, but it is uncertain if the species persists there. A pre-1900 collection purportedly from Sandringham seems very unlikely.

The 'short-styled' and 'long-styled' forms of this species may represent distinct taxa.

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.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-10-20
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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 phlebopetalum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidium phlebopetalum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Gippsland Plain present native

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