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Lepidium appelianum

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Family: Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: 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.
Genera In Family: +- 330 genera, 3780 species: worldwide, especially temperate. Note: 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 NCoR, Carrichtera annua (L.) DC. in SCo, Iberis sempervirens L., Iberis umbellata L. in PR, Teesdalia coronopifolia (Bergeret) Thell., Teesdalia nudicaulis (L.) W.T. Aiton in southern NCoRO, CCo. Cardaria, Coronopus moved to Lepidium; Caulostramina to Hesperidanthus; Guillenia to Caulanthus; Heterodraba to Athysanus; California taxa of Lesquerella to Physaria; Malcolmia africana to Strigosella.
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: LepidiumView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: 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.
Species In Genus: 220 species: all continents except Antarctica. Etymology: (Greek: little scale, from fruit)

Lepidium appelianum Al-Shehbaz
Habit: Perennial herb, rhizomed, densely stiff-hairy. Stem: erect or ascending, 1--several from base, (1)1.5--3.5(5) dm, branched distally. Leaf: basal not rosetted, early-deciduous, 1--7 cm, obovate to oblanceolate; mid-cauline 1--5(8) cm, 0.5--1.5(3) cm wide, oblong to lanceolate, base lobed to clasping, dentate to +- entire. Inflorescence: panicle, generally not elongated; rachis hairs curved. Flower: sepals 1.4--2 mm; petals (2.2)2.8--4 mm, 1--3 mm wide, widely obovate, white; stamens 6. Fruit: indehiscent, (2)3--4.4(5) mm wide, spheric, inflated, tip wingless, notch 0; valve walls thin, densely puberulent, not veined; style 0.5--1.5 mm; pedicel spreading to ascending, 3--9(12) mm, cylindric, hairy. Seed: 1.5--2 mm, ovoid. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Ecology: Saline soils, fields; Elevation: 400--2400 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA; Distribution Outside California: to eastern North America; native to central Asia. Flowering Time: Apr--Sep
Synonyms: Cardaria pubescens (C.A. Mey.) Jarm.; Cardaria pubescens var. elongata Rollins
eFlora Treatment Author: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz
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Citation for this treatment: Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz 2016. Lepidium appelianum, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 31, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 31, 2016.

Lepidium appelianum
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