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Lepidium flavum (Yellow peppergrass)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Lepidium flavum

Lepidium flavum Torr.

Yellow Peppergrass, Yellow Pepperweed

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)


USDA Symbol: LEFL2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Several stems, brittle at joints, lying on ground with dense short racemes of yellow flowers turning upward.

Yellow Peppergrass, often so common it colors broad expanses of the desert yellow, has seeds with a peppery flavor.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: Southeastern California, southern Nevada, and Baja California.
Native Habitat: Low desert flats.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: UPL FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lepidium flavum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lepidium flavum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lepidium flavum


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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