Lepidium campestre   Field Pepperwort C DD N

Lepidium campestre Lepidium campestre

The very small white cruciferous flowers of some of the pepperworts make flowers a useless way of identifying the species. Fortunately the leaves are useful and fruit usually quite distinctive. This is a plant of the wayside and arable field margins which is exactly where we found it, almost overlooking it in our anxiety to get to the much rarer Broad-leaved Cudweed (Filago pyrimidata) which grows in the same place.

L. campestre is common in the midlands, south and south east of England but sites become far less frequent in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Ranscombe Farm 3rd June 2007

Added on 3rd February 2008, updated 26th June 2010

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