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Lepidium virginicum

Lepidium virginicum L.

 

Peppergrass

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderBrassicalesMustard, cabbage, caper, papaya, nasturtiums, many others; most produce mustard oil
FamilyBrassicaceaeMustards, cabbages
GenusLepidiumFrom Greek lepidion, “little scale,” because the fruit pods resemble small balances
Speciesvirginicum“From Virginia”

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Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

8/25/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 16 × 11" (40 × 27 cm) ID is uncertain

Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

9/10/2016 · Arlington St., Groton, MA ID is dubious

Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

7/11/2013 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 12 × 19" (31 × 47 cm)

Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

11/5/2009 · Pepperell, MA
≈ 2½ × 1½" (6.4 × 4.3 cm) ID is uncertain

Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

8/6/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 9" (17 × 22 cm) ID is uncertain

Lepidium virginicum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 5 Oct 2016.

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Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

8/3/2009 · 111 Near 119, Pepperell, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

7/4/2013 · ME
≈ 6 × 5" (15 × 12 cm)

Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

11/5/2009 · Pepperell, MA
≈ 2½ × 1½" (6.3 × 4.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

7/28/2009 · Near Nashua River Boat Ramp, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm) ID is uncertain

Lepidium virginicum (Peppergrass)

7/4/2013 · ME
≈ 5 × 5" (13 × 13 cm)

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