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Hymenolobus procumbens (L.) Nutt. ex Torrey & Gray, Fl. N. America 1: 117. 1838. Lepidium procumbens L., Sp. Pl. 2: 643. 1753. Capsella elliptica C. Meyer in Ledeb., Fl. Ross. 1: 199.1841; Hook. f. & T. Anderson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 159.1872.

Herbs, dwarf, weak, procumbent, up to 30 cm long; stems simple or profusely brached from base. Basal leaves usually rosulate, spathulate, deeply lyrate-pinnatifid to entire, shortly stalked to sessile, 10 - 40 x 2.5 - 10 mm, glabrous or sparsely pubescent; lobes elliptic or lanceolate, retuse; upper leaves smaller, linear, toothed to entire, sessile, cuneate at base. Racemes lax, many-flowered, elongating up to 10 cm long in fruit; flowers minute, ca 1 mm long; pedicels 3 - 8 mm long in fruit, spreading. Petals spathulate, as long as or slightly longer than oblong, hairy sepals. Fruits ovoid or ellipsoid, obtuse or slightly emarginate, 3 - 4 mm long; valves translucent, reticulate-veined. Seeds 2 - 4 in each locule.

Fl. & Fr. April - Aug.

Distrib. India: Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim.

Mostly in N. temperate regions, extremely variable.

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