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Last updated 6/3/2010 by David Giblin.
Lepidium ramosissimum A. Nelson[FNA7, HC, HC2]
branched peppergrass

Publication: Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. 26: 124. 1899.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA7: "As noted by R. C. Rollins (1993, p. 581), the varieties of Lepidium ramosissimum are "weak at best." They are based largely on the branching habit and, most importantly, on the presence versus absence of trichomes on the fruit valve. In some collections (e.g., Scoggan 4233, GH; Boivin et al., 13221, GH), both puberulent- and glabrous-fruited forms occur. It is almost certain that the same situation exists not only in other populations of this species, but in other North American Lepidium. It is also clear that some populations might consist entirely of one of the two forms, but it is highly unlikely that this variation has any geographical basis. Therefore, we believe that the separation of varieties solely on the basis of presence or absence of the fruit trichomes is taxonomically meaningless."

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Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Lepidium ramosissimum A. Nelson var. bourgeauanum (Thell.) Rollins
Lepidium ramosissimum A. Nelson var. ramosissimum