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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Ethiopia, N. Tanzania, Yemen.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, with thick, woody often many-headed taproot.
Morphology Stem
Stems several from the base, woody at base or often even to quite high up, usually 20–30(–50) cm. tall, ascending to erect, much branched, finely puberulous with very short patent to recurved, sometimes scabridulous hairs, or glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Basal leaves short-lived, petioled, oblanceolate in outline, undivided or with a few basal lobe-pairs, serrate towards the apex; cauline leaves indistincly petioled, of rather firm consistency, up to 4 cm. long, lanceolate, oblanceolate or linear, acute, attenuate at base, sparsely serrate to entire, sparsely puberulous to glabrous; apices and teeth ± cartilaginous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes terminal, with numerous small whitish flowers, in fruit rather lax, up to 25 cm. long, puberulous or glabrous; pedicels 3–4.5 mm., straight and ascending or curved and spreading, puberulous to glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals green with prominent membranous margins and often tinged with violet, ovate to oblong, 0.8–1.2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white, equalling or longer than sepals, 1.2–1.8 mm. long, spathulate to clawed; blade with rounded apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4 or 2 (median and/or lateral); median filaments basally surrounded by broadly cylindrical to obtusely conical nectarial glands.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary ovate, with distinctly projecting style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Siliculae orbicular, elliptic or (in E. Africa) rhomboidally elliptic to ovate, 2.5–3.8 mm. long, 2–2.5 mm. broad, retuse; style prominent, distinctly projecting (including stigma 0.2–0.3 mm.) above the sinus.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds wingless, bright red-brown, 1.3–1.7 mm. long, ± 0.8 mm. broad.
Figures
Fig. 5/4.
Habitat
Open grassland, sometimes on volcanic soil; ± 1800 m.
Distribution
T1 T2

Native to:

Ethiopia, Tanzania, Yemen

Lepidium armoracium Fisch. & C.A.Mey. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1988 Richard, A. [s.n.], Ethiopia K000230531

First published in Index Seminum (LE, Petropolitanus) 9: 77 (1843)

Accepted by

  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Jonsell, B. (1982). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Cruciferae: 1-73.
  • Miller, A.G. & Cope, T.A. (1996). Flora of the Arabian peninsula and Socotra 1: 1-586. Edinburgh university press.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 3 (1): 262 (1915).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 41 (1954).
  • Fisch. & Mey., Ind. Sem. Hort. Bot. Petropol. 9: 77 (1842).
  • Franchetti in Adumbr. Fl. Aethiop. 7: 167, map 2 (1958).
  • Jonsell in Bot. Notis. 128: 40, fig. 1/A, 2/A-E, 4/A-B, 8/A-B, 9/A-B, 10/A (1975).
  • Oliv. in Flora of Tropical Africa 1: 69 (1868).
  • Th. Dur. & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 1(2): 135 (1898).
  • Thell. in Viert. Nat. Ges. Zürich 51: 175 (1906).

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