Lepidium campestre (L.) R.Br.

Field Cress

in W.T.Aiton, Hortus Kew, edn 2, 4: 88 (1812) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or biennial herb, 20–60 cm high, covered with dense, spreading, simple hairs; stems erect. Basal leaves sessile or petiolate, ovate to obovate, to 7 cm long, entire or toothed, sometimes slightly lobed, non-persistent; stem leaves clasping, narrowly triangular to linear-lanceolate, to 4 cm long, entire or toothed, basal auricles prominent and acute. Inflorescence an elongating raceme. Sepals c. 1.5 mm long; petals c. 2 mm long, clawed, white; stamens 6. Fruit broadly ovate, 5–6 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, broadly winged, notched at apex, valves densely papillose; style c. 0.5 mm long, shorter than or slightly exceeding valves; pedicels c. 5 mm long, pubescent. Flowers spring–summer.

*GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *MuM, *VVP. Also naturalised NSW, Tas. Native to Europe. Occasional weed of roadside and crops.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-14
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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 campestre in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidium campestre in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory