Lepidium densiflorum

(Common Peppergrass)


Lepidicum densiflorum, Pflugerville, Travis Co. 3848


Lepidicum densiflorum, Pflugerville, Travis Co. 3845


Lepidicum densiflorum, Pflugerville, Travis Co. 3843


Lepidicum densiflorum, Pflugerville, Travis Co. 3850


Lepidicum densiflorum, Pflugerville, Travis Co. 3839

Scientific Name Lepidium densiflorum USDA PLANTS Symbol LEDE
Common Name Common Peppergrass, Pepperweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 22960
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils along roadsides and other disturbed and waste areas, prairies, fields, pastures.
Plant: Erect annual or biennial plant with single, branched stem, 10 to 20 inches tall; stems smooth or lightly hairy.
Leaves: Basal rosette of oblanceolate, spatulate or oblong leaves, 1 to 3 inches long, deeply serrate on short petioles; midstem leaves 0.8 to 1.2 inches long, oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate, short-petiolate with serrate margins; upper stem leaves 0.4 to 0.8 inches long, linear-lanceolate, sessile, not clasping, and usually with a few teeth along edges.
Inflorescence: Small white flowers 1/16 to 1/8 inch across in dense, branched clusters 2 to 4 inches long borne laterally and terminally on the stems; 4 greenish sepals with white margins, and up to 4 often inconspicuous narrow white petals that are shorter than the sepals.
Bloom Period: February to June.
Fruit: Small rounded siliques about 1/8-inch across with a small dent at the end, on pedicels less than 1/4-inch long.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, and SEINet.
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