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Branched Pepper-grass - Lepidium ramosissimum


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
Annual or biennial. Stems erect, 7–50 cm, copiously branched. Basal leaves petiolate, oblanceolate, pinnatifid, withering early. Stem leaves 12–50 mm long, dentate, becoming linear and entire above. Vestiture of small simple hairs. Flowers white; petals ca. 1 mm long or lacking; stamens 2. Fruit narrowly elliptic, glabrous or sparsely short-hairy, 2.5–3 mm long, narrowly notched; style lacking; pedicels spreading, puberulent, 2–4 mm long. (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

In Montana we have varieties ramosissimum and bourgeauanum (Thell.) Rollins

Range Comments
AK to NL south to CA, UT and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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

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