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Lepidium pinnatifidum Ledeb., Fl. Ross. 1: 206. 1841; Chowdhery & Wadhwa, Fl. Himachal Pradesh 1: 70. 1984.

Herbs, annual or biennial, up to 50 cm high, glabrous. Basal leaves pinnatifid, narrowly oblong, short-petioled, drying early; cauline leaves oblanceolate-spathulate, irregularly dentate, 3 - 5 cm long; the upper linear or narrowly oblanceolate, entire. Racemes both terminal and lateral, elongating in fruit up to 12 cm long; pedicels filiform, up to 4 mm long in fruit, covered with long spreading hairs. Sepals ovate or elliptic lanceolate, white-margined, ca 1 mm long. Petals rudimentary, linear-spathulate, usually shorter than calyx or sometimes absent. Fruit broadly elliptic silicula, obscurely notched at apex, 2 - 2.75 x 1.75 - 2.25 mm, sparsely pubescent. Seeds narrowly ovate-ellipsoid, flattened, 1 - 1.25 x 0.5 - 0.75 mm; cotyledons incumbent.

Fl. & Fr. April - June.

Distrib. India: Himachal Pradesh.

C. & SW. Asia, Europe and Australia.

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