Lepidium bonariense L.


Sp. Pl. 645 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Annual or biennial herb, 10–50 cm high; stems erect, covered with soft hairs. Leaves moderately to densely hairy; basal leaves 2–3-pinnately lobed; stem leaves becoming smaller, to 5 cm long, 1–4 mm wide, pinnate to toothed. Inflorescence a dense elongating raceme. Sepals 0.5–1 mm long; petals narrow, shorter than sepals, white; nectaries insignificant, shield-shaped at base of petals; stamens 2; stigma subsessile. Fruit broadly elliptic to circular, 2–3.5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, without hairs, wings narrow, forming open apical notch; pedicels 2–3 mm long, hairy on upper surface. Flowers summer–autumn.

*CVU, *DunT, *GipP, *HSF, *MuF, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, Qld, NSW, New Zealand. Native to South America. Weed of urban areas, possibly not naturalised outside towns and cities.

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 bonariense in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lepidium bonariense in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory