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Lepidium heterophyllum Benth.
Family: Brassicaceae
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Perennials; (caudex branched); hirsute. Stems branched from base, erect to ascending, often decumbent basally, unbranched or branched (few) distally, 1-5 dm. Basal leaves rosulate; petiole 1-6.2 cm; blade oblanceolate or oblong-elliptic, 1-4.5 cm × 4-14 mm, margins entire, repand, or denticulate. Cauline leaves sessile; blade oblong to deltate-lanceolate, 1-3.5 cm × 3-8 mm, base sagittate or auriculate, margins dentate to denticulate. Racemes much-elongated in fruit; rachis hirsute, trichomes spreading, straight. Fruiting pedicels horizontal, straight or slightly recurved, (terete), 2.8-5 × 0.3-0.4 mm, hirsute. Flowers: sepals oblong, 1.6-2.2 × 0.6-1.1 mm; petals white, spatulate, 1.8-2.8 × 0.8-1.4 mm, claw 1-2 mm; stamens 6; filaments 1.8-2.6 mm, (glabrous); anthers 0.4-0.5 mm. Fruits broadly oblong to ovate, 4-5.5 × 3.5-4 mm, (curved adaxially), apically broadly winged, apical notch 0.2-0.3 mm deep; valves thin, often not papillate, not veined; style (0.6-)1-1.5 mm, well-exserted beyond apical notch. Seeds (dark brown), ovoid, 1.8-2.2 × 1-1.2 mm. 2n = 48. Flowering May-Jun. Gravel mounds, roadsides, abandoned fields, waste grounds, disturbed sites, gardens, hillsides; 0-300 m; introduced; B.C., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.); Calif., Colo., Maine, Mass., N.Y., Oreg., Pa., Wash; Europe. The records from Maine and Massachusetts are based on old collections, and it is not known if Lepidium heterophyllum has become established as part of the weedy flora of those states.

A European perennial with purple anthers and more evidently (though shortly) exserted style, is sporadic in N. Engl., N.Y., and N.J.

Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

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