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Lepidium capitatum Hook.f. & Thoms. in Journ. Linn. Soc. Bot. 5:175. 1861. Hook.f., l.c. 160.

Lepidium capitatum

Credit: Shaukat & Azmat

  • Lepidium incisum auct. non Roth

    Annual or biennial, up to 20(-25) cm long, procumbent or suberect, bran¬ched, often spreading, glandular hairy. Lower leaves pinnatifid, 3-6 cm long, 1-2 cm broad, narrowed into a short stalk or sessile, with narrow oblong acute lobes; upper leaves pinnatifid or simply toothed, sessile, smaller, usually not much different from the lower ones. Racemes 20-30 flowered, dense, congested or capitate above, ebracteate, hardly increasing up to 3 cm in fruit. Flowers white, very small, c. 1 mm across; pedicel up to 4 mm long in fruit, filiform, spreading. Sepals c. 1 mm long, 0.5 mm broad. Petals c. as long or slightly shorter than the sepals, obovate-cuneate with emarginate apex. Stamens 4 (outer 2 absent), c. 1 mm long with minute anthers. Siliculae 2.5-3 mm long, c. 2.5 mm broad, ovate, slightly notched at the apex with subsessile stigma not exceeding the notch, gla¬brous, obscurely winged at the apex; septum about 0.5 mm broad; seed c. 1.5 mm long, oblong-ovate, pale brown.

    Fl. Per.: May-June.

    Type: Himalayas, without locality, Edgeworth (K).

    Distribution: Endemic to Himalayas: Kashmir, Tibet to Nepal.

    Remarkably distinct from the previous 3 species by its procumbent habit, capitate inflorescence, and similar pinnatifid leaves, present distantly, all over the plant. It appears to be quite common in Ladak and other adjoining areas at higher altitudes.


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