[Hoarycress and Pepperweeds: The Genus Lepidium in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Shining Pepperweed

Lepidium nitidum var. nitidum

Synonym: Lepidium nitidum var. insigne

Shining Pepperweed: Lepidium nitidum var. nitidum

Shining pepperweed as seen atop Upper Table Rock to the north of Medford, OR..............April 4, 2009. Note the orbicular, flattened seed pods atop the stem of this early blooming (mid to late March) spring annual.

Shining Pepperweed: Lepidium nitidum var. nitidum

Shining pepperweed as seen atop Upper Table Rock to the north of Medford, OR..............April 4, 2009. Note the slender, alternate stem leaves and the slender taproot of this annual.

Shining Pepperweed: Lepidium nitidum var. nitidum

Shining pepperweed as seen atop Upper Table Rock to the north of Medford, OR..............April 4, 2009.

Paul Slichter