Lepidium leptopetalum (F.Muell.) F.Muell.

Slender Peppercress

Pl. Victoria 1: 48 (1861) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial shrub to 60 cm high; stems erect, sparsely to densely papillose. Leaves narrowly linear to subterete, to 5 cm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, entire, succulent. Inflorescence an elongating raceme. Sepals 4–6 mm long; petals linear, 7–9 mm long, white to yellow; stamens 6. Fruit elliptic to ovate, 7–9 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, wings narrow, apically acute, forming open notch; style 3–4 mm long, exserted; pedicels 6–9 mm long. Flowers mostly spring.

LoM, MuM, RobP, VRiv. Also SA, NSW. Confined to north-west of the State, often on calcareous soils.

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, 2019-11-18
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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 leptopetalum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidium leptopetalum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales