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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb to subshrub with a thick taproot from which numerous stems arise.
Morphology Stem
Stems 10–30 cm. tall, ascending or decumbent, lignified at base to often quite high up, much branched, finely puberulous with reflexed to adpressed tapering hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Basal leaves short-lived, oblanceolate, entire or sparsely serrulate; cauline leaves indistinctly petioled, of rather firm consistency, often involute, up to 5 cm. long, lanceolate to nearly linear, acute, attenuate at base, entire or distantly serrulate, finely and often sparsely puberulous on both sides; apices and teeth ± cartilaginous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes mostly terminal, with numerous minute greenish flowers, in fruit dense, up to 12 cm. long; pedicels 3–4.5 mm., ascending to curved, puberulous on the upper side.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals green with membranous margins, occasionally with a tinge of violet, ovate, 0.8–1.3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white, linear, always shorter than sepals, up to 0.8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 2 (median), both at each side of the filament-bases (i.e. just inside the petals), with triangular to cylindrical nectarial glands.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary broadly elliptic, with projecting style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Siliculae elliptic (1.3–1.6 times as long as broad), retuse, 2.5–4 mm. long, 1.7–3 mm. broad; style distinct, with stigma usually projecting beyond the sinus.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds wingless, light red-brown, 1.2–1.6 mm. long, ± 0.8 mm. broad.
Figures
Fig. 5/5, p. 18.
Habitat
Open grassland, open rocky ground, apparently not a weed but occasionally recorded from roadsides; 1700–2000 m.
Distribution
K3 K6 also known from southernmost Ethiopia (Mega)

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Lepidium keniense Jonsell appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Verdcourt [3820], Kenya K000230530 isotype

First published in Bot. Not. 128: 42 (1975)

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.

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

  • Jonsell in Bot. Notis. 128: 42, fig. 1/F, G, 3/F, G, 4/I, 9/E, F, 10/C (1975).

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