Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Lepidium virginicum L. var. virginicum image
Photographer: Gary Fewless           

Botanical Illustration
Family Brassicaceae
Lepidium virginicum L. var. virginicum
common peppergrass, poor-man's-pepper, Virginia pepper-weed
Lepidium: from the Greek lepidion, meaning "a little scale," in reference to the shape of the fruit pods
virginicum: of Virginia
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, annual/biennial, 4"-20" tall forb
Flower: white, 4-parted, petals about twice as long as the sepals; inflorescence many, to 4" long clusters (racemes) of stalked flowers; blooms May-July
Fruit:broadly-elliptical pod widest below the middle and notched at the tip fruit drawing
Leaf:lower leaves sharply toothed to pinnately-divided; upper leaves not clasping
Habitat: dry to moist; fields, roadsides, disturbed areas

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Lepidium virginicum L. var. typicum C.L.Hitchc.

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