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Poor-man's Pepper-grass - Lepidium virginicum


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Annual. Stems erect, 8–20 cm, often branched above. Basal leaves petiolate, obovate, deeply dentate, early deciduous. Stem leaves narrowly oblanceolate, 1–3 cm long, dentate. Vestiture of short, simple hairs. Flowers white; petals ca. 1 mm long; stamens 2. Fruit broadly elliptic, glabrous or pubescent, 2.5–3.5 mm long, notched; style lacking; pedicels spreading, glabrous or pubescent, 3–5 mm long. (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

In Montana we have varieties pubescens (Greene) Thell. and medium (Greene) C.L. Hitchc.

Range Comments
Throughout temperate N. America south to C. America (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Habitat
Disturbed soil of roadsides, fields, grasslands, wetlands; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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