Lepidium latifolium perennial pepperweed Brassicaceae LELA*; NY, iw;

   

Lepidium latifolium.www.blm.gov

Lepidium latifolium.www.blm.gov (Accessed 4/20140).

Lepidium latifolium is a perennial herb, 1-2 m tall, colonial from rhizomes, plant usually waxy blue-green, mostly hairless. 

Leaves alternate, narrow, basal leaves long-stalked, blade to 30 cm long, 8 cm wide, margins toothed, stem leaves stalkless, blade smaller, 1-4 cm wide, margins toothed to entire. 

Flowers white, small, petals 4, 0.1 cm long, spatula-shaped; inflorescences of small, tight clusters at ends of branched inflorescence stalks. 

Fruit dry, a small rounded hairy capsule 0.2 cm wide; fruiting Aug-Oct. 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Europe. 

Habitat: Upper edges of disturbed salt marshes, coastal areas.