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Weed Science & Agronomy

Bayer Code : lepca

Scientific name: Lepidium campestre (L.) R. Brown

Synonym(s) of Sc. name:

Classification: Cruciferae, Dicotyledonous

Common name: field pepperwort

Synonym(s) of Common name:

Name per country: DE : Feld-Kresse ; ES : mastuerzo mayor ; FR : passerage champêtre ; IT : lepidio campestre ; PT : ; EN : field pepperwort ; NL : veldkruidkers ;

Biological type: Annual, Biennial

Seed snapshot Seed:


Seedling snapshotSeedling snapshot Seedling:

- Cotyledons elongate, spoon-shaped.

- Leaves entire, deeply notched.

Adult plant snapshotAdult plant snapshot Adult plant:

- Height: 20-50 cm. Plant pubescent, green-greyish.

- Stem stiff often branched near the top, candelabra-like.

- Leaves basal in rosette ; leaves alternate oblong stalked and rounded tip. Cauline leaves amplexicaule with 2 basal lobes more or less acute, dentate. Hairs smooth, grey-green.

- Flowers white, small; pedicels divergent and spread, circa 4 mm long, smooth-haired. Anthers yellow and persistent pistil.

- Fruit : silicula ovate and broad, flattened, winged in its upper part and deeply notched at the apex. Fruit ripe on very spreading pedicels; silicula at the base of the racemes often aborted.

- Plant halophilous.

- Risk of confusion at seedling stage with Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medicus.

- Biological type: Annual or biennial.

Mistake with: Capsella bursa-pastoris

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