(Broadleaf Pepperweed)

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Lepidium latifolium, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling, Logan Co. 7044

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Lepidium latifolium, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling, Logan Co. 7052

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Lepidium latifolium, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling, Logan Co. 7053

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Lepidium latifolium, Overland Trail Recreation Area, Sterling, Logan Co. 7054

Scientific Name Lepidium latifolium USDA PLANTS Symbol LELA2
Common Name Broadleaf Pepperweed ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503379
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains and foothills (3900 to 7600 ft.); roadsides, ditches, disturbed areas, agricultural areas.
Plant: Bush-like perennial 1 to 5 feet high, simple erect stem branched upward.
Leaves: Basal leaves on petioles less than an inch up to 5-1/2 inches long; blades elliptic to oblong, 1-3/8 to 6 inches long and 5/8 to 2 inches wide; edges entire to toothed; stem leaves sessile or with short petioles; blades oblong to lanceolate, 3/4 to 3-1/2 inches long and up to 1-3/4 inches wide, edges entire to toothed.
Inflorescence: Many white flowers in dense clusters (small branched racemes), borne at branch tips; each small blossom less than 1/4-inch across with 4 obovate petals and six stamens.
Bloom Period: June to October.
Fruit: A small roundish, slightly hairy pod 1/16 to 1/8-inch across.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Introduced
NOXIOUS WEED

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