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Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz, except as noted

Annual to shrub; sap pungent, watery. Leaf: generally simple, alternate; generally both basal, cauline; stipules 0. Inflorescence: generally raceme, generally not bracted. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals 4, generally free; petals (0)4, forming a cross, generally white or yellow to purple; stamens generally 6 (2 or 4), 4 long, 2 short (3 pairs of unequal length); ovary 1, superior, generally 2-chambered with septum connecting 2 parietal placentas; style 1, stigma entire or 2-lobed. Fruit: capsule, generally 2-valved, "silique" (length >= 3 × width) or "silicle" (length < 3 × width), dehiscent by 2 valves or indehiscent, cylindric or flat parallel or perpendicular to septum, segmented or not. Seed: 1–many, in 1 or 2 rows per chamber, winged or wingless; embryo strongly curved.
± 330 genera, 3780 species: worldwide, especially temperate. [Al-Shehbaz et al. 2006 Plant Syst Evol 259:89–120] Highest diversity in Mediterranean area, mountains of southwestern Asia, adjacent central Asia, western North America; some Brassica species are oil or vegetable crops; Arabidopsis thaliana used in experimental molecular biology; many species are ornamentals, weeds. Aurinia saxatilis (L.) Desvaux in cultivation only. Aubrieta occasional waif in central North Coast Ranges, Carrichtera annua (L.) DC. in South Coast, Iberis sempervirens L., Iberis umbellata L. in Peninsular Ranges, Teesdalia coronopifolia (Bergeret) Thell., Teesdalia nudicaulis (L.) W.T. Aiton in southern Outer North Coast Ranges, Central Coast. Cardaria, Coronopus moved to Lepidium; Caulostramina to Hesperidanthus; Guillenia to Caulanthus; Heterodraba to Athysanus; California taxa of Lesquerella to Physaria; Malcolmia africana to Strigosella. —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.

Key to Brassicaceae

Annual to perennial herb (shrub); hairs 0 or simple. Leaf: basal rosetted or not, petioled, entire, dentate, to 1–3-pinnately lobed; cauline short-petioled to sessile, base occasionally lobed to clasping. Inflorescence: elongated or congested. Flower: sepals erect or spreading, oblong to ovate, base not sac-like; petals linear to obovate, white or yellow (pink or purple), occasionally reduced or 0; stamens 2, 4, or 6. Fruit: silicle, generally dehiscent, oblong to ovate, obcordate, or round (spectacle-shaped), flat perpendicular to septum (inflated), unsegmented. Seed: 2(4), gelatinous when wet; wing narrow or 0.
220 species: all continents except Antarctica. (Greek: little scale, from fruit) [Al-Shehbaz et al. 2002 Novon 12:5–11]
Unabridged references: [Hitchcock 1936 Madroño 3:265–300]

Key to Lepidium

L. flavum Torr.
Annual, glabrous. Stem: prostrate or decumbent, (0.2)0.4–3(4.6) dm, base branched. Leaf: basal rosetted, (0.7)1.3–5.2(6) cm, spoon-shaped to oblanceolate or linear, pinnately lobed, lobes ovate to oblong, entire; mid-cauline petioled, obovate to spoon-shaped or oblanceolate, (0.6)1–1.8(2.3) cm, base not lobed, dentate to entire. Inflorescence: not elongated, rachis glabrous. Flower: sepals 1–2 mm; petals 2–3 mm, 0.6–1 mm wide, spoon-shaped, yellow; stamens 6. Fruit: (2.2)2.5–3.8(4.2) mm, (1.6)2.2–3.2(3.5) mm wide, ovate (± round), flat, tip divergent-winged, notch 0.2–0.6 mm; valves glabrous (hairy), ± net-veined; style 0.7–1.6 mm, exserted beyond notch; pedicel spreading, (2.7)3–4.4(5) mm, cylindric, glabrous. Seed: 1–1.6 cm, ovate.
Alkaline or sandy soils, sagebrush scrub, mesas, floodplains, washes, roadsides; 600–1600 m. East of Sierra Nevada, Desert; Nevada, Baja California. [Lepidium flavum var. felipense C.L. Hitchc.] Mar–Jun [Online Interchange]

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 29 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Lepidium, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 29 2015

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