Lesser Swine-cress - Lepidium didymum

    Alternative names
    Lesser Swinecress, Coronopus didymus

    A delicate, feathery looking, yellowish green plant, with pungent smelling leaves. Flowers very small (1mm). Fruit 1.5 to 2 mm obviously two lobed and notched.

    Similar Species

    Lepidium coronopus

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Small plant, all leaves pinnate; scented when crushed; no petals, or very short; 2 (sometimes 4) fertile stamens; fruit-stalks longer than fruit

    Recording advice

    General photo of plant in habitat; close up of flowers and fruit


    Bare and waste ground, cultivated land.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Mainly found in Southern England and South Wales, local elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 11 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (neophyte), scarce

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