Field Pepperwort - Lepidium campestre

    Description

    The white flowers are small and numerous in dense, terminal racemes. There are 2, 4 or 6 stamens. The fruit is a silicula, laterally compressed. The valves have a wing or keel. Upper stem leaves are numerous, and arrow shaped often toothed.

    Similar Species

    Lepidium heterophyllum

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Oval/rounded oblong fruits with apical wings to which the style is fused; style shorter than or equal to notch at apex of fruit; lower and middle leaves entire or slightly lobed

    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    Cultivated land, grassland, roadsides, walls and wasteland.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Annual, biennial and perennial herbs.

    UK Status

    Widespread but occasional in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 10 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte); rare.  

    It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register 

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