Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Lepidium perfoliatum L.
clasping cress, clasping pepper-weed
Lepidium: from the Greek lepidion, meaning "a little scale," in reference to the shape of the fruit pods
perfoliatum: Latin for "through the leaf"
|Status: ||Introduced - adventive|
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 8"-20" tall forb, branching towards the top|
|Flower: ||yellow, 4-parted; inflorescence a cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms May-June|
|Fruit:||elliptic, flat, notched pod|
|Leaf:||lower leaves pinnately-divided; upper leaves clasping, stalkless|