Taxon: Lepidium sativum L.

Genus: Lepidium
Family: Brassicaceae (alt.Cruciferae)
      Tribe: Lepidieae
Nomen number: 21769
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:644. 1753
Name Verified on: 15-Oct-2010 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 15-Oct-2010
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7)
Accessions: 126 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: vegetable (for salads fide Pl Book)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide CRC MedHerbs ed2; Herbs Commerce ed2)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Weed CIBA)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia
    • Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Arabian Peninsula: Kuwait; Oman; Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Pakistan

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Northern America

    • : Canada; United States
  • Pacific

    • Southwestern Pacific: New Caledonia
  • Southern America

    • Southern South America: Argentina; Chile

  • Cultivated:

    . widely cult.


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  • Seed: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image