Lepidium from the Greek 'lepis' meaning a scale; referring to the appearance of the fruits. Fasciculatum from the Latin 'fasciculus' meaning fascicle; referring to the clustered inflorescence.
Distribution and status
Found scattered across the central part of South Australia, growing in heavy clay depressions. Also found in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Western Australia. Uncommon in Victoria. Common in the other states.
Herbarium regions: Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula
NRM regions: Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Erect annual herb to 60cm tall, glabrous, sometimes pubescent when young. Leaves basal and alternating up the stems. Basal leaves to 8 cm long, hairy, divided, the segments linear and shaped like teeth, rarely persisting. Stem leaves to 6 cm long, with basal lobes, reducing to linear, hairless, with warty edges. Flowers small, green in dense clusters at the tops of the stems. Flowering between May and December. Fruits are orange-brown ovoid capsule to 4 mm long and 2 mm wide, glabrous, wing slight in the upper half, with a shallow notch. Seed embryo type is bent.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between August and February. Collect maturing pods those turning orange with hard seeds inside. Be gentle with the pods as they split open easily. Place the pods in a tray and cover with paper to prevent seeds from popping out and leave to dry for a week. Then rub the dried pods gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
|Location||No. of seeds|
|10,500 (2.89 g)|
10,500 (2.89 g)