Swine-cress - Lepidium coronopus

    Alternative names
    Swinecress, Coronopus squamatus

    Low to short prostrate plant. Leaves mostly 1 to 2 pinnately lobed dark green and strap like. Flowers small, white 2 to 3 mm in short crowded racemes. Fruit kidney shaped, net veined.

    Similar Species

    Lepidium didymum

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Small plant, all leaves pinnate; not scented; with petals longer than sepals and 6 fertile stamens; fruit-stalks shorter than fruit

    Recording advice

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


    Waste ground, pathways and trampled ground, particularly field gateways.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial.

    UK Status

    Frequent throughout much of Britain, but mainly coastal in the North.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 272 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte), occasional

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