Lepidium foliosum Desv.

Leafy Peppercress

J. Bot. (Desvaux) 3: 164, 180 (1814) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Perennial shrub usually less than 30 cm high (but reputedly to 90 cm), without hairs, smooth (pedicels sometimes papillose); stems erect. Basal leaves bipinnately lobed; stem leaves spathulate, 0.5–4 cm long, 2–6 mm wide, lobed, broadly toothed or entire, thick to leathery. Inflorescence an elongating raceme (corymbose at first). Sepals c. 1.5 mm long; petals usually ovate, clawed and longer than sepals, white; stamens (5–)6. Fruit elliptic to rhombic, 4.5–6 mm long, 3–3.5 mm wide, wings narrow, forming narrow notch; style c. 0.5 mm long, included or slightly exserted; pedicels 4–6 mm long, sometimes papillose on upper surface. Flowers mostly summer.

EGL, GipP, VVP, WaP. Also WA, SA, Tas. (including Bass Strait islands). Found on coastal islands and rarely mainland coast.

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.
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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 foliosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidium foliosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales