Lepidium desvauxii Thell.

Bushy Peppercress

Neue Denkscr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41 (1): 307 (1906), sensu J.H. Willis, Handb. Pl. Victoria 2:176 (1973) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Perennial herb to 40 cm high; stems erect to spreading, scabrous, covered with mostly deflexed, sometimes bilobed, hairs. Basal leaves pinnately lobed, the lobes toothed, terminal lobe the largest, with often large, coarse hairs; stem leaves distant, spathulate to narrowly wedge-shaped, toothed near apex, base tapering to auriculate, marginal hairs arising from warty projection, often bilobed. Inflorescence an elongating raceme. Sepals 0.5–0.8 mm long; petals reduced, linear; stamens 2; stigma subsessile to sessile. Fruit elliptic to ovate, 2.5–3 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, usually glabrous, wings narrow, forming small apical notch; pedicels 3–4 mm long, hairy above, less so below. Flowers spring–autumn.

GipP, VVP, WPro. Also WA, SA, Tas. (including Bass Strait islands). On coastal dunes in far south-west of the state and south Gippsland.

There is one non-coastal record, from the Kentbruck Heath near Portland

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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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 desvauxii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidium desvauxii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Wilsons Promontory present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia