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Lepidium sativum   (Garden Cress)

Lepidium sativum   (BRASSICACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Lepidium sativum retrieved from on 2021-Apr-21

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Lepidium sativum L.
Published in Sp. Pl. 644 (1753)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Nasturtium crispum
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Brassicaceae Juss. (=Cruciferae) (The Mustard or Cress Family)
47 species from the Brassicaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Garden Cress, Garden Cress Pepperweed

Maltese name(s) :

Maltese name not known

Status for Malta :

Casual or accidental alien species introduced in Malta rather recently and which is short-lived or resticted in small populations for a short time without becoming widespread.

Frequency :

Data not available - casual in the wild as a garden/field escape

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE (annuals)
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Not Protected by Law (LN200/2011 or LN311/2006)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:


Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Escapee in field margins, roadsides, footpaths and areas close to its source of cultivation.

Botanical Description:

Usually glabrous, often glaucous annual with a single, erect stem 20-100 cm. Basal leaves long-petiolate, lyrate, with toothed obovate to linear lobes; upper cauline leaves linear, entire. Sepals 1-1.8 mm; petals up to twice as long as the sepals, sometimes pink or reddish. Pedicels (2-)3-6 mm in fruit. Silicula 5-6.5 x 3-6 mm, ovate or broadly elliptical to orbicular, glabrous; style 0.2-0.8 mm, included in the deep apical notch.

Distributional range:

Cultivated throughout Europe as a salad (Cress) frequent as a casual and locally naturalized

Native region outside Europe:

(Egypt and W. Asia.)

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

dAg dBu Ct dCy Eg IJ LS -Sn Tu(A) [AE Ar cAu Au(A) cAz Az(J M S T) cBe Bl(N) cBr cBu nCa(T) dCr cDa Es cFa Fe dGa(F) cGe cGr cHe cHo Hs(S) cHu dIt La Li Lt Lu Ma Md(M) Mo No cPo Rm cSa cSb cSi dSi(S) Sl cSu Tn cUk(K)]

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   Lepidium sativum   -   Image Code: LPDSV-0.
   Lepidium sativum   -   Image Code: LPDSV-1.
   Lepidium sativum   -   Image Code: LPDSV-2.
   Lepidium sativum   -   Image Code: LPDSV-3.

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