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Lepidium flavum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Lepidium

about 175-220, see text

Lepidium is a genus of plants in the mustard/cabbage family, Brassicaceae. The genus is widely distributed in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia.[1] It includes familiar species such as garden cress, maca, and dittander. General common names include peppercress, peppergrass, and pepperwort. Some species form tumbleweeds.[2]


There are about 175[3] to 220[1] species in the genus.

Species include:

Lepidium lasiocarpum var. lasiocarpum


  1. ^ a b Lepidium. Flora of North America.
  2. ^ Faulkner, H. W. (1917). The Mysteries of the Flowers. Frederick A. Stokes company. p. 238.  page 210
  3. ^ Mummenhoff, K., et al. (2001). Chloroplast DNA phylogeny and biogeography of Lepidium (Brassicaceae). American Journal of Botany 88(11), 2051-63.
  4. ^ Tropicos.org. Missouri Botanical Garden. 20 Dec 2011


  • Everitt, J.H.; Lonard, R.L.; Little, C.R. (2007). Weeds in South Texas and Northern Mexico. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press.  ISBN 0-89672-614-2
  • "Lepidium". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 

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