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This species is accepted, and its native range is Europe to Central Asia and Himalaya, Arabian Peninsula.
Lepidium sativum

[FTEA]

Cruciferae, Bengt Jonsell (University of Stockholm). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1982

Morphology General Habit
Annual herb with fine taproot.
Morphology Stem
Stem up to 70 cm. high, erect, simple to much branched, glabrous or with very scattered minute hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petioled, very sparsely pubescent, up to 10 cm. long, pinnati- or bipinnatipartite, with 2–4 pairs of lateral lobes; lobes linear, lanceolate or oblanceolate (in lower leaves even obovate), up to 3 cm. long; uppermost leaves sometimes simple, serrate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes terminal, with comparatively conspicuous whitish flowers, in fruit lax, up to 25 cm. long; pedicels in fruit 3–6 mm. long, ascending to almost erect, straight, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals green with membranous margins, elliptic, 1–1.5 mm. long, with scattered fine hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white or violet, spathulate to slightly clawed, with rounded apex, 1.7–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with a single small nectarial gland between each of them.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary elliptic, emarginate, with projecting style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Siliculae elliptic in outline, 4.5–6.5 mm. long, 3–4 mm. broad, with prominent apical wings, deeply emarginate; style distinct, with stigma completely within or just level with the top of the sinus.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed wingless, reddish brown, 2–3 mm. long, ± 1.5 mm. broad.
Figures
Fig. 5/1.
Habitat
Weed of arable fields; 1800–2000 m.
Distribution
K3 K4 introduced, probably native in Ethiopia and neighbouring countries to the west and north as well as in the Near East, but spread by cultivation or inadvertently to many parts of the world

[FWTA]

Cruciferae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Vernacular
The Common Cress.
Ecology
Commonly cultivated in regions away from the coast; naturalized in some places.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Central European Rus, Czechoslovakia, East European Russia, Egypt, France, Greece, Gulf States, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kriti, Krym, Kuwait, Lebanon-Syria, Lesser Sunda Is., Netherlands, Northwest European R, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Sicilia, Sinai, South European Russi, Spain, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, West Himalaya, Yemen, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Alberta, Algeria, Argentina South, Assam, Azores, Bangladesh, British Columbia, Burkina, Canary Is., Central African Repu, Chad, Chile Central, China North-Central, China Southeast, Connecticut, Cuba, Cyprus, East Aegean Is., Eritrea, Ethiopia, Germany, Guinea, Idaho, Illinois, India, Iowa, Jamaica, Jawa, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Leeward Is., Libya, Madeira, Maine, Mali, Manchuria, Manitoba, Marianas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Morocco, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Hampshire, New York, Newfoundland, Niger, Nigeria, Northwest Territorie, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Puerto Rico, Qinghai, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Rwanda, Saskatchewan, Sudan, Tasmania, Tennessee, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Vermont, Victoria, Washington, West Siberia, Wyoming

Lepidium sativum L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
s.coll. [Cat. no. 4788] K001039899
s.coll. [Cat. no. 4788] K001039898
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 4788], Nepal K001039896
s.coll. [Cat. no. 4788] K001039895
Cope, T.A. [RBG 83], Great Britain K000914153
s.coll. [Cat. no. 4788] K001039894
Davis [42935], Turkey K000731615
Maxwell-Darling, R.C. [407], Oman K000731614
Cope, T.A. [RBG 352], Great Britain K000914154
Blinkworth, R. [Cat. no. 4788], India K001039897

First published in Sp. Pl.: 644 (1753)

Accepted by

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  • Balkrishna, A. (2018). Flora of Morni Hills (Research & Possibilities): 1-581. Divya Yoga Mandir Trust.
  • Boulos, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 1-419. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
  • Chadde, S.W. (2019). Minnesota Flora. An illustrated guide to the vascular plants of Minnesota ed. 2: 1-776. Steve W. Chadde.
  • Chang, C.S., Kim, H. & Chang, K.S. (2014). Provisional checklist of vascular plants for the Korea peninsula flora (KPF): 1-660. DESIGNPOST.
  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Cossu, T.A, Camarda, I. & Brundu, G. (2014). A catalogue of non-native weeds in irrigated crops in Sardinia (Italy) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 69: 145-156.
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  • Gilman, A.V. (2015). New flora of Vermont Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 110: 1-614.
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  • Jafri, S.M.H. (1973). Flora of West Pakistan 55: 1-308.
  • Jalas, J., Suominen, J. & Lampinen, R. (eds.) (1996). Atlas Florae Europaeae. Distribution of vascular plants in Europe 11: 1-310.
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  • Kharkevich, S.S. (ed.) (1988). Plantae Vasculares Orientalis Extremi Sovietici 3: 1-419. Nauka, Leningrad.
  • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • MacKee, H.S. (1994). Catalogue des plantes introduites et cultivées en Nouvelle-Calédonie, ed. 2: 1-164. Museum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris.
  • Malyschev, L.I. & Peschkova, G.A. (eds.) (2004). Flora of Siberia 7: 1-318. Scientific Publishers, Inc., Enfield, Plymouth.
  • Meena, S.L. (2012). A checklist of the vascular plants of Banaskantha district, Gujarat, India Nelumbo 54: 39-91.
  • Meikle, R.D. (1977). Flora of Cyprus 1: 1-832. The Bentham-Moxon Trust Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Miller, A.G. & Cope, T.A. (1996). Flora of the Arabian peninsula and Socotra 1: 1-586. Edinburgh university press.
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  • Ovchinnikov, P.N. (ed.) (1978). Flora Tadzhikskoi SSR 5: 1-678. Izd-vo Akademii nauk SSSR, Moskva.
  • Patzelt, A., Harrison, T., Knees, S.G. & Hartley, L.A. (2014). Studies in the flora of Arabia: XXXI. New records from the Sultanate of Oman Edinburgh Journal of Botany 71: 161-180.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
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  • Watson, M.F. & al. (eds.) (2011). Flora of Nepal 3: 1-425. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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  • Malyschev, L.I. & Peschkova, G.A. (eds.) (2004). Flora of Siberia 7: 1-318. Scientific Publishers, Inc., Enfield, Plymouth.
  • Meena, S.L. (2012). A checklist of the vascular plants of Banaskantha district, Gujarat, India Nelumbo 54: 39-91.
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