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A synopsis of the South American Lepidium (Brassicaceae)/ Sinopsis de las especies sudamericanas de Lepidium (Brassicaceae).


The limits of Lepidium (Brassicaceae) were initially expanded by Al-Shehbaz et al. (2002) to include Cardaria Desv., Coronopus Zinn, and Stroganowia Kar. & Kir., and more recently by Al-Shehbaz and Mummenhoff (2010) to include Stubendorffia Schrenk ex Fisch. and Winklera Regel, based on extensive molecular studies by Bruggemann (2000) and Mummenhoff et al. (2001, 2009, and references therein). Lepidium is now represented by native species on all continents except Antarctica, and as currently recognized, the genus has 230 species.

During work on the accounts of Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) for Catalogo de las Plantas Vasculares del Cono Sur (Al-Shehbaz, 2008) and for Flora de la Republica Argentina, several new species of Lepidium L. were discovered. Furthermore, an examination of the types of nearly all South American taxa of the genus necessitated several nomenclatural adjustments and lectotypifications. As a result, it became clear that a synopsis of the entire genus for the continent is needed, and it is provided herein along with a key to all native and naturalized species.


The present study is based on loans of over 2,500 specimens (including types) of South American Lepidium from most of the major herbaria. In addition, databases and digital images on-line were consulted, as well as additional images were directly requested (see acknowledgements).


Fifty native and 12 naturalized species grow in South America. The majority of native species grow in Argentina (24 spp., 10 endemic), followed by Chile (18 spp., seven endemic), Bolivia (12 spp., four endemic), and Peru (11 spp., four endemic). The following key deals with all 62 South American species of Lepidium.
Key to Lepidium species

1. At least some cauline leaves
auriculate, sagittate, or amplexicau                                 2
1. Cauline leaves not auriculate,
petiolate or sessile, sometimes absent                              22
2(1). Fruits indehiscent; plants
perennial, rhizomatous; fruiting racemes
hardly elongated                                                     3
2. Fruits dehiscent; plants annual or
biennial, rarely perennial with caudex;
fruiting racemes strongly elongated                                  5
3(2). Fruits cordate to reniform,
flattened; valves reticulately veined                         L. draba
3. Fruits globose, subglobose, or ovoid,
inflated; valves not reticulately veined                             4
4(3). Fruits pubescent, (2-)3-4(-5) mm in
diam.; style 0.7-1.5 mm                                  L. appelianum
4. Fruits glabrous, (3.5-)4-6.2(-7) mm in
diam.; style (0.8-)1.2-2(-2.3) mm                        L. chalepense
5(2). Petals yellow; uppermost leaves
deeply cordate-amplexicaul at base, entire              L. perfoliatum
5. Petals white, rudimentary, or absent;
uppermost leaves auriculate or sagittate,                            6
entire, dentate, pinnatifid, or
6(5). Stamens 6; fruit wings united with
basal part of style; naturalized weeds                               7
6. Stamens 2, rarely 4; fruit wings not
united with basal part of style; native
species                                                              8
7(6). Annuals or biennials; fruit valves
papillate; style 0.2-0.5(-0.7) mm,
included in apical notch                                  L. campestre
7. Perennials with caudex; fruit valves
often not papillate; style (0.6-)1-1.5 mm,
well exserted from apical notch                       L. heterophyllum
8(6). Annuals or rarely biennial without
caudex                                                               9
8. Perennials with slender to well-
developed caudex                                                    14
9(8). Stems prostrate, several from base,
branched throughout; style as long as
apical notch of fruit; seeds wingless                L. santacruzensis
9. Stems erect, often simple at base,
branched mainly above; style shorter that
apical notch of fruit; seeds winged or
margined at least apically                                          10
10(9). All cauline leaves 1-3-pinnatisect
or -pinnatifid                                          L. auriculatum
10. At least some cauline leaves entire,
dentate, serrate, or incised                                        11
11(10). Fruits wider than long; petals
absent; North Chile                                      L. johnstonii
11. Fruits longer than broad, rarely as
long as wide; petals present; Argentina,
Patagonian Chile, Paraguay                                          12
12(11). Uppermost leaves linear to
linear-lanceolate; basal leaves
pinnatisect; fruit 2-2.6 mm; sepals
caducous or rarely persistent                              L. spicatum
12. Uppermost leaves oblong, ovate, or
lanceolate; basal leaves dentate, serrate,
or serrulate; fruit 2.5-3.5 mm; sepals
persistent                                                          13
13(12). Stems 1.5-4.5 dm; middle and upper
leaves subentire or serrulate; fruiting
pedicels strigillose adaxially                           L. pedersenii
13. Stems 0.5-1.2(-1.5) dm; middle and
upper cauline leaves incised; fruits
2.5-3.2 mm; fruiting pedicels puberulent
all around                                               L. tandilense
14(8). Stamens 4; petals 2-3 mm; apical
notch of fruit absent                                      L. crassius
14. Stamens 2; petals 0.3-1.5(-2) mm;
apical notch of fruit 0.1-1 mm                                      15
15(14). Fruits wingless, wider than long;
style 0.35-0.5 mm; petals 1.5-2 mm                      L. spathulatum
15. Fruits winged, longer than wide,
rarely length and width subequal; style
obsolete or to 0.2 mm; petals 0.3-1.5 mm
16(15). Middle and upper cauline leaves
pinnatifid or pinnatisect, rarely
laciniate, with 3-6(-8) lobes on each side           L. bipinnatifidum
16. Middle and upper cauline leaves entire
or toothed                                                          17
17(16). Fruits 2.2-3 x 2-2.5 mm; fruiting
pedicels 1.5-2(-3) mm                                               18
17. Fruits 3-5.3 x 2.5-5 mm; fruiting
pedicels 2.5-6 mm                                                   19
18(17). Basal leaves pinnatisect with
linear lobes; upper leaves linear to
linear-oblanceolate; fruiting pedicels
puberulent adaxially; petals shorter than
sepals or absent; style included in apical
notch; Argentina                                           L. spicatum
18. Basal leaves entire or serrate; upper
leaves oblong; fruiting pedicels
puberulent all around; petals subequaling
sepals; style subequaling apical notch;
Peru                                                     L. cuzcoensis
19(17). Stems decumbent or ascending from
base; rachis of raceme with spreading
trichomes; Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru                 L. chichicara
19. Stems erect at base; rachis of raceme
with retrorse trichomes; Argentina                                  20
20(19). Lower cauline leaves pinnatisect;
petals 0.9-1.5 mm                                           L. parodii
20. Lower cauline leaves entire or
dentate; petals 0.4-0.7 mm                                          21
21(20). Fruits obovate-suborbicular,
4.2-5.3 x 3.5-5 mm, apical notch 0.5-1 mm;
basal leaves persistent, serrate-dentate;
cauline leaves entire                                      L. hickenii
21. Fruits elliptic-ovate, 3.5-4.2 x
2.4-3 mm; apical notch 0.1-0.2 mm; basal
leaves deciduous, pinnatifid; cauline
leaves dentate                                            L. burkartii
22(1). Annuals or rarely biennials                                  23
22. Perennials with caudex, rarely
subshrubs                                                           42
23(22). Fruits indehiscent; valves thick,
prominently rugose to verrucose, closed
and enclosing seeds                                                 24
23. Fruits dehiscent; valves thin, smooth
or rarely reticulate, open                                          25
24(23). Fruits reniform to ovate-cordate;
valves prominently ridged; stamens 6;
petals 1-2 mm                                             L. coronopus
24. Fruits didymous; valves without
ridges; stamens 2; petals 0.4-0.5 mm                        L. didymum
25(23). Fruit valves prominently
reticulate-veined                                                   26
25. Fruit valves smooth, not prominently
veined                                                              28
26(25). Fruits 3.4-5 x 3.4-5 mm, winged
all around                                            L. angustissimum
26. Fruits 2.2-3.3 x 2-3.2 mm, winged
apically                                                            27
27(26). Sepals caducous; fruits
subdidymous, usually wider than long,
margin glabrous                                       L. pseudodidymum
27. Sepals persistent; fruits not
didymous, longer than wide; margin
minutely puberulent, very rarely glabrous                  L. strictum
28(25). Stamens 6 or 4                                              29
28. Stamens 2                                                       31
29(28). Fruits 1.8-2 x1.7-1.8 mm, apically
wingless, valves pilose                                L. pinnatifidum
29. Fruits 2.5-7 x 2-5.5 mm, apically
winged; valves glabrous or very rarely
puberulent along margin                                             30
30(29). Fruiting pedicels strongly
flattened, puberulent adaxially; stamens
4; cotyledons entire; style obsolete or
very rarely to 0.1 mm                                       L. nitidum
30. Fruiting pedicels terete or subterete,
glabrous; stamens 6; cotyledons trifid;
style 0.2-0.5(-0.8) mm                                      L. sativum
31(28). Fruits wingless; style exserted
from apical notch of fruit                              L. cyclocarpum
31. Fruits apically winged; style included
in apical notch of fruit                                            32
32(31). All leaves entire                                   L. horstii
32. At least some leaves dentate, incised,
trifid, pinnatifid, or pinnatisect                                  33
33(32). Fruits 1.5-2 x 1.3-1.5 mm,
slightly reticulate; seeds neither winged
nor margined                                             L. myrianthum
33. Fruits 2-5 x 1.7-4.8 mm, not
reticulate; seeds winged or margined,
rarely neither                                                      34
34(33). Middle or upper leaves or leaf
segments linear, 0.5-2 mm wide; fruits
2-3 mm                                                              35
34. Leaves or leaf segments variously
shaped, not linear, usually broader;
fruits 2.5-5 mm                                                     37
35(34). Stems often decumbent; basal
leaves 2-pinnatisect; fruits
oblong-obovate, 1.7-2.1 mm wide; Patagonia            L. filisegmentum
35. Stems erect; basal leaves
1-pinnatisect; fruits orbicular or
orbicular-obovate, 2-3.2 mm wide; C and N.
Argentina, Paraguay                                                 36
36(35). Fruiting pedicels terete,
wingless, 2-3 mm; fruits 2.7-3.2 mm                         L. gracile
36. Fruiting pedicels flattened, narrowly
winged, 2-6 mm; fruits 2-2.5 mm                       L. stuckertianum
37(34). Rachis of raceme papillate with
straight subclavate trichomes                           L. densiflorum
37. Rachis or raceme puberulent or
strigillose with recurved trichomes                                 38
38(37). Fruits puberulent at least along
margin when young                                         L. pubescens
38. Fruits almost always glabrous, if
puberulent (L. argentinum) then leaves
not pinnatisect                                                     39
39(38). Petals 1-2(-2.5) mm; fruits
orbicular or suborbicular; cotyledons
accumbent                                                L. virginicum
39. Petals absent or rudimentary and less
than 1 mm; fruits obovate, obovate-oblong,
elliptic, or rarely suborbicular;
cotyledons incumbent                                                40
40(39). Cauline leaves entire, dentate,
laciniate, or rarely pinnatifid; fruits
sharply acute winged apically, sparsely
and minutely puberulent on margin at least
when young, or glabrous                                  L. argentinum
40. At least lower cauline leaves 1-3-
pinnatisect or -pinnatifid; fruits
obtusely winged apically, glabrous                                  41
41(40). Fruits broadly elliptic-obovate to
orbicular, (2.5-)3-3.5 mm, apical notch
0.1-0.3 mm; widespread                                   L. bonariense
41. Fruits broadly obovate to oblong-
obovate, (3-)3.7-4.5(-5) mm, apical notch
0.5-1 mm; Colombia                                     L. costaricense
42(22). Subshrubs or perennial herbs with
woody lower stems; basal leaves absent                              43
42. Perennial herbs without woody stems;
basal leaves present                                                46
43(42). Fruits oblong or elliptic to
obovate, not subdidymous, dehiscent, thin
walled, smooth; style exserted from apical
notch; stamens 4; petals 1-3 mm                                     44
43. Fruits orbicular to broadly obovate-
suborbicular, subdidymous, indehiscent,
breaking into closed, 1-seeded valves,
thick walled, reticulate-alveolate; style
included in apical notch; stames 2 or 6;
petals 0.3-0.6 mm                                                   45
44(43). Petals white, 2.5-3 mm; fruits
puberulent, 4-5 x 3-3.5 mm; Bolivia                          L. beckii
44. Petals yellow, 1-1.5(-2) mm; fruits
glabrous, 3-4 x 1.5-2.5 mm; Ecuador                        L. quitense
45(43). Leaves entire or 3-5-lobed;
stamens 2; fruits 2.5-3.5 x 3.5-4.5 mm,
on terminal and lateral branches                      L. rhytidocarpum
45. Leaves serrate; stamens 6; fruits
4-5 x 3-3.5 mm, axillary                                   L. serratum
46(42). Plants scapose; cauline leaves
absent                                                              47
46. Plants not scapose; cauline leaves
present                                                             48
47(46). Rachis and pedicels puberulent;
stamens 6; fruits elliptic-rhombic, 4.5-6
mm, wingless, not notched; Chile                       L. philippianum
47. Rachis and pedicels glabrous; stamens
4; fruits orbicular, 3.2-3.8 mm, winged
apically, notched; Bolivia                                L. solomonii
48(46). Stamens                                                    649
48. Stamens 2 or rarely                                            450
49(48). Plants 2-4 dm; fruits 5-7 x 3-4
mm; notch and style 0.25-0.5 mm, subequal;
seeds 2-3 mm; Brazil                                  L. grandifructum
49. Plants (2-)3.5-12(-15) dm; fruits
1.6-2.7 x 1.3-1.8 mm, notch and style
obsolete; seeds 0.8-1.3 mm; naturalized in
Argentina                                                L. latifolium
50(48). Style exserted from or rarely
subequaling apical notch of fruit                                   51
50. Style distinctly included in apical
notch of fruit                                                      57
51(50). Stamens 4; petals 1.2-2.2 mm wide;
fruits reticulate, distinctly wider than
long                                                        L. werffii
51. Stamens 2; petals 0.2-1.3 mm wide;
fruits not reticulate, narrower than or
rarely slightly wider than long                                     52
52(51). Fruits 5-8 x 3-4 mm, 1.5-2 times
as long as wide, puberulent at least when
young, rarely glabrous; seeds blackish 2-3
mm                                                       L. marginatum
52. Fruits 2.5-4.5(-5) x 2.5-5 mm, about
as long as or slightly longer than or
shorter than wide, glabrous; seeds brown,
1.5-2.2 mm                                                          53
53(52). Plants with appressed strongly
crisped trichomes; stems often shorter
than basal leaves                                         L. jujuyanum
53. Plants with spreading to curved,
non-crisped trichomes; stems longer than
basal leaves                                                        54
54(53). Basal and lowermost cauline leaves
serrate; fruits wingless, 4.5-5 mm wide,
slightly wider than long                                L. spathulatum
54. At least some basal and lowermost
cauline leaves pinnatifid or pinnatisect;
fruits narrowly winged apically,
2.5-3.8(-4) mm wide, often longer than
wide                                                                55
55(54). Petals (1-)1.5-2.5(-3) mm; style
0.3-1 mm; fruits 2.5-3.8(-4) mm wide,
rhombic-suborbicular or rarely rhombic-
elliptic                                                    L. meyenii
55. Petals 0.5-1.3 mm; style 0.1-0.3 mm;
fruits 1.8-2.8 mm wide, elliptic or
elliptic-obovate                                                    56
56(55). Sepals persistent; fruits
elliptic, 2.5-3.2 mm; stems 0.3-2.5 dm,
decumbent; middle cauline leaves
pinnatifid; Argentina, Bolivia, Peru                      L. depressum
56. Sepals caducous; fruits elliptic-
obovate, 3.8-4.5 mm; stems 3-5 dm,
ascending; middle cauline leaves entire,
sub apically toothed; Colombia                              L. trianae
57(50). Fruiting pedicels pubescent all
around at least basally                                             58
57. Fruiting pedicels glabrous or
pubescent only adaxially                                            60
58(57). Sepals caducous; fruits puberulent
at least when young; petals 1.2-1.8 mm                 L. ecuadoriense
58. Sepals persistent or caducous; fruits
glabrous; petals 0.6-1 mm                                           59
59(58). Basal leaves pinnatifid with
(2 or)3-8 lateral lobes on each side;
middle cauline leaves serrate or
laciniate; fruits narrowly oblong-ovate to
oblong, 2-2.3 mm wide                                L. abrotanifolium
59. Basal leaves entire or rarely with one
lobe on each side; cauline leaves entire;
fruits broadly ovate or obovate, 2.53 mm
wide                                                        L. fraseri
60(57). Petals spatulate to oblanceolate,
1.5-2 mm, longer than sepals; fruits
4-5.5 x 3-4 mm                                          L. cumingianum
60. Petals linear, filiform or subulate,
0.2-0.8 mm, shorter than sepals; fruits
2-4(-4.2) x 1-3(-3.5) mm                                            61
61(60). Leaves or leaf lobes linear,
entire, 0.3-1 mm wide                                               62
61. Leaves or leaf lobes pinnatifid,
dentate, serrate, or incised, often
broader                                                             63
62(61). Fruiting racemes dense; fruiting
pedicels puberulent adaxially; fruits
orbicular to broadly elliptic, 2-2.5 mm
wide; C Argentina and Patagonia                            L. spicatum
62. Fruiting racemes lax; fruiting
pedicels glabrous; fruits elliptic,
1.8-2 mm wide; Bolivia                                  L. steinbachii
63(61). Fruits 2-2.8 x 1-1.8 mm                                     64
63. Fruits 3-4.2 x 2.4-4 mm                                         65
64(63). Basal and lowermost cauline leaves
serrate or dentate; stems 2-5 dm; racemes
compact in fruit, rachis glabrous;
fruiting pedicels recurved; Argentina                   L. boelckeanum
64. Basal and lowermost cauline leaves
pinnatifid or pinnatisect; stems 0.3-1.5
dm; racemes elongated in fruit, rachis
pubescent; fruiting pedicels straight,
appressed to rachis; Chile                                  L. reichei
65(63). Stems single from base, erect;
rachis of raceme with retrorse trichomes;
seeds narrowly winged or margined;
Argentina                                                 L. burkartii
65. Stems few to seveal from base,
decumbent to ascending; rachis of raceme
with spreading trichomes; seeds wingless
and marginless; elsewhere                                           66
66(65). Stems 1.5-4.5 dm; fruits elliptic
to obovate, glabrous; fruiting pedicels
2.5-5 mm; seeds 1.3-1.5 mm                               L. chichicara
66. Stems 0.4-1(-2) dm; fruits orbicular
to ovate-orbicular, often puberulent along
margin when young, fruiting pedicels
1-2(-3) mm; seeds 1.5-1.9 mm                                L. rahmeri

Lepidium abrotanifolium Turcz., Bull. Soc. Naturalistes Moscou 27: 308. 1854. TYPE: Ecuador. Antisana, 14,000 ft, 1850, Jameson s.n. (holotype KW; isotypes F!, G-BOIS!).

Lepidium abrotanifolium var. steinmannii Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 247. 1906. TYPE: Bolivia. Oruro and Cochabamba, 4000 m, 1900, Steinmann s.n. (lectotype B! here designated).

Lepidium fraseri Thell. var. dielsianum O. E. Schulz ex Diels, Biblioth. Bot. 116: 89. 1937. TYPE: Ecuador. Chimborazo, N of Riobamba, Sanancajas, paramo, 3500 m, 28-VII-1933,L. Diels 400 (holotype B!).

Distribution. Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Observations. The lectotype designated herein is the most complete of the two syntypes cited, and it was named after its collector. The other syntype, K. Fiebrig 2772 (B), was collected from Tarija, Bolivia.

Lepidium angustissimum Phil., Anales Univ. Chile 81: 333. 1892. TYPE: Chile. Travesia, between Chanarcillo and Carrizal valley, IX1885, F. Philippi s.n. [lectotype SGO71482! designated by M. Munoz-Schick, Notic. Mens. Mus. Nac. Hist. Nat. (Chile) 359: 7. 2007].

Lepidium tayloriae Al-Shehbaz, Novon 3: 93. 1993. TYPE: Chile. Region III (Atacama), Copiapo Province, between Huasco and Copiapo, ca. 20-25 km W of Totoral on road to coaset, dry plains and hillside, 20[degrees]00' S, 70[degrees]50' W, 8-X-1991, C. M. Taylor, C. von Bohlen & A. Marticorena 10804 (holotype MO!; isotype CONC!).

Distribution. Endemic to Chile.

Observations. Upon the examination of the type collections of Lepidium angustissimum and L. tayloriae, Munoz-Schick (2007) concluded that they are conspecific, a position with which I agree.

Lepidium appelianum Al-Shehbaz, Novon 12: 7. 2002. Hymenophysa pubescens C. A. Mey. in Ledeb., Icon. Pl. 2: 20. 1830, non Lepidium pubescens Desv., J. Bot. Agric. 3: 180. 1815, nec L. pubescens Tineo, Cat. Pl. Hort. Panorm. 150. 1827. Cardaria pubescens (C. A. Mey.) Jarm. in Keller et al., Weeds USSR 3: 29. 1934. TYPE: [Kazakhstan]. "Locis humidis subsalsis deserti Soongoro-Kirghisici orientalis versus montes Arkaul," 14-V-1826, C. A. Meyer s.n. (lectotype LE designated by I. A. Al-Shehbaz et al., Novon 12: 7. 2002).

Distribution. Native to Central Asia, naturalized in North America and South America (Argentina).

Lepidium argentinum Thell., Physis 9: 9. 1928. TYPE: Argentina. La Rioja, Chilecito, Sanugasta, 30-I-1927, L. R. Parodi 7785 (lectotype BAA! here designated).

Lepidium bonariense L. var. stenocarpum Thell., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11: 310. 1912. Lepidium argentinum var. stenocarpum (Thell.) Thell., Physis 9: 10. 1928. TYPE: Argentina. La Rioja, Entre la mina Jareta ya la altura del Espiritu Santo, Sierra Famatina, 25-I-1879, G Hieronymus & G. Nie derlein 785 (holotype B!; isotypes CORD![2], GDC!).

Lepidium argentinum var. virginicifolium Thell., Physis 9: 11. 1928. TYPE: Argentina. La Rioja, Chilecito, Sanugasta, 30-I-1927, L. R. Parodi 7783 (lectotype Z designated by C. L. Hitchcock, Lilloa 11: 105. 1945; duplicates BAA!, GH!).

Distribution. Endemic to Argentina.

Observations. Thellung (1928) did not designate a type for the species and recognized the two varieties above. He listed under var. virginicifolium two collections, Parodi 7785 and Parodi 7783, of which Hitchcock (1945) took Parodi 7783 as the varietal type. The only other collection examined by Thellung is Parodi 7785, and the BAA sheet is taken herein as the lectotype because it was not possible to locate such collection among all of the major European herbaria consulted.

Lepidium auriculatum Regel & Korn., Ind. Sem. Hort. Petrop. 51. 1857. TYPE: Chile. [Region XIV (Los Rios). Prov. Valdivia], San Juan, R. Philippi 317 (lectotype LE here designated; duplicates B!, G-BOIS!, P!, W!).

Lepidium calycinum Gordon, Mem. Acad. Montpel. 1: 416. 1853, syn. nov. Non Steph. ex Willd., Sp. Pl. 3: 433. 1800. Lepidium aletes J. F. Macbr., Candollea 5: 357. 1934. TYPE: France (adventive). Port-Juvenal pres Montpellier, 1853, Touchy s.n. (holotype NCY!).

Lepidium araucanum Phil., Anales Univ. Chile 81: 335. 1892. Lepidium bipinnatifidum Desv. var. araucanum (Phil.) Reiche, Anales Univ. Chile 90: 95. 1895. TYPE: Chile. Curanilahue, XI-1891, R. Philippi s.n. (holotype SGO-071462!).

Lepidium pubescens Desv. var. fallax Thell., Bull. Herb. Boissier ser. 2, 8: 913. 1908. TYPE: Chile. Quillota, 1829, C. G. L. Bertero 1080 (lectotype P! here designated).

Lepidium subvaginatum Steud. ex Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 249. 1906, syn. nov. TYPE: Chile. Mt. Leona, Rancagua, 1828, C. G. L. Bertero 364 (lectotype P! questionably designated by C. L. Hitchcock, Lilloa 11: 112. 1945, and confirmed herein; duplicates F!, G[2]!, GH[2]!, NY!, P!).

Distribution. Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Observations. The type collections of Regel's new taxa are housed at LE, and the lectotype of Lepidium auriculatum is not an exception. The sheet of L. pubescens var. fallax at P was the only one annotated by Thellung as such, and it is designated herein as the lectotype of this taxon. Both Thellung (1906) and Hitchcock (1945) recognized Lepidium auriculatum, L. subvaginatum, and L. calycinum (=L. aletes by Hitchcock) as distinct species separated primarily by the degree of development of auricles on the cauline leaves, length of nectar glands at the base of the fruit, and trichome density on upper parts of the stem. However, the study of substantial material reveals that a single, vegetatively polymorphic species is involved. In every floral, fruit, and seed morphology, the above three species are basically indistinguishable. A combination of annual habit, pinnatifid or pinnatisect and auriculate cauline leaves, persistent sepals, and pedicels pubescent all around should readily distinguish the species from the other South American Lepidium.

The lectotype sheet of Lepidium pubescens var. fallax includes five plants, of which three were annotated by Thellung (1908) as this variety and one each as L. pubescens and L. subvaginatum. A close examination of all five plants reveals that they belong to L. auriculatum.

Lepidium beckii Al-Shehbaz, Novon 9: 5. 1999. TYPE: Bolivia. La Paz, Prov. Jose Roma de Loayza, Banos Termales de Urmiri, 17[degrees]09' S, 68[degrees]05' W, 3500 m, 26-I-1996, S. G. Beck 21944 (holotype MO!; isotype LPB!).

Lepidium philippianum (Kuntze) Thell. var. boliviense Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 201. 1906, syn. nov. TYPE: Bolivia. La Paz, Chivesivi, Valee de La Paz, 8500-12,500 ft, 1939, Pentland s.n. (holotype P!).

Distribution. Endemic to Bolivia.

The type of var. boliviense is indistinguishable from that of Lepidium beckii in every aspect of the plant and clearly differs from L. philippianum in which it was originally described (see couplet 42 of the key).

Lepidium bipinnatifidum Desv., J. Bot. Agric. 3: 177. 1815. TYPE: Peru, sine data, Dombey s.n. (holotype P!; isotype P!). The holotype sheet was annotated in Desvaux's handwriting.

Lepidium humboldtii DC., Syst. Nat. 2: 532. 1821. TYPE: Ecuador, "Hab. locis aridis prope Chillo Quitensium altit 1340 hexapod," A. J. A. Bonpland & F. W. H. A. von Humboldt 2223 (holotype B!).

Senebiera dubia Kunth in Humboldt, Bonpland & Kunth, Nov. Gen. Sp. 76. 1821 TYPE: Ecuador, sine locus, F. W. H. A. von Humboldt & A. J. A. Bonpland s.n. (holotype P; isotype B!).

Lepidium auritum Turcz., Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 27: 307. 1854. TYPE: Ecuador. Quito, Jameson 772 (holotype KW; isotype G-DEL!).

Lepidium sectifolium Steud., Flora 39: 412. 1856. TYPE: Peru. Tabina, Lechler 1879 (holotype B!; isotype K!).

Lepidium kalenbornii C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 88. 1945, syn. nov. TYPE: Peru. Oroya near Luma, dry soil, 10,000-13,000 ft, A. S. Kalenborn 20 (holotype DS!; isotypes GH!, MO!, NY!, US!).

Distribution. Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.

Observations. Hitchcock (1945) separated Lepidium bipinnatifidum from L. kalenbornii by the presence (vs. absence) of auricles, slightly longer nectar glands (<0.3 vs. ca. 0.3 mm), and slightly larger fruits (2.5-3.5 vs. 2-3 mm). However, these differences are unrealistic, and he recognized both auriculate and non-auriculate forms in L. bipinnatifidum and small (2-3 mm) and larger (3-4 mm) fruits in L. kalenbornii (see key couplets 6 and 47, respectively).

Lepidium boelckeanum A. Prina, Hickenia 2(18): 81. 1993. TYPE: Argentina. La Pampa, Depto. Chapaleufu, entre B. Larroude y Rio V, 29/30-X-1984, H. O. Troiani & A. O. Prina 8193 (holotype SRFA!; isotype BACP!).

Distribution. Endemic to Argentina.

Lepidium bonariense L., Sp. Pl. 2: 645. 1753. TYPE: "Habitat in Bonaria" (lectotype designated by W. Marais, Flora of Southern Africa 13: 93. 1970: "Thlaspi Bonar. multiscissum, flore invisibili" in Dillenius, Hort. Eltham., 2: 381, t. 286, f. 370. 1732).

Thlaspi multifidum Poir., Encycl. 7: 545. 1806. TYPE: Uruguay. Montevideo, 1767, P. Commerson s.n. (holotype P; isotypes P[3]!). The sheet annotated by Poiret is taken herein as the holotype.

Lepidium mendocinum Phil., Anales Univ. Chile 36: 160. 1870. TYPE: Argentina. Inter Mendocino et Santiago, P. Ortega & E. Reed s.n. (holotype SGO 045144).

Lepidium bonariense var. hirsutulum Thell., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11: 310. 1912. TYPE: Argentina. Cordoba, without locality, 1876, G. Hieronymus & G. Niederlein s.n. (holotype B!).

Lepidium bonariense var. microcarpum Thell., Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni Veg. 13: 302. 1914. TYPE: Argentina. Cordoba, Depto. Capital: prope ciudad de Cordoba, T. Stuckert 5647 (holotype G; isotype CORD!).

Lepidium bonariense var. pseudovirginicum Thell., Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni Veg. 13: 301. 1914. TYPE: Argentina. Cordoba, Punilla, Los Cocos, T. Stuckert 19614 (lectotype G-DEL! here designated; duplicate CORD!).

Distribution. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraquay, and Uruguay; naturalized in Australia, Europe, and South Africa.

Observations. Stuckert 19614 at G was designated herein as the lectotype because it is the most complete specimen that agrees with the description and because it was annotated as that name by its author. Thellung (1906, 1914) and Hitchcock (1945) broadly delimited Lepidium bonariense to include at least three additional species, including L. gracile, L. stuckertianum, and L. tandilense. These species are easily distinguished by the key above.

Lepidium burkartii Boelcke, Parodiana 3(1): 21. 1984. TYPE: Argentina. Entre Rios, Depto. Gualeguaychu, sotobosque del rio Gualeguaychu, pocos km al N de Gualeguaychu, 5-XI1983, N. S. Troncoso, N. Bacigalupo & N. Tur 3740 (holotype SI!; isotypes BACP!, SI!). The holotype and isotype sheets at SI are marked a and b, respectively. The holotype sheet has two plants and the isotype has four.

Distribution. Endemic to Argentina.

Lepidium campestre (L.) W. T. Aiton, Hortus Kew., ed. 2, 4: 88. 1812. Thlaspi campestre L., Sp. Pl. 2: 646. 1753. TYPE: "Habitat in Europae arvis, viis argillosis, apricis" [lectotype Herb. Linn. 825.8 (LINN) here designated].

Distribution. Native to Europe, introduced into North America, South America (Chile), Australia, and South Africa.

Observations. Jarvis (2007) did not designated a lectotype among the five original material he listed under Thlaspi campestre. The specimen placed on Linnaean website (http://www. ml) is designated herein as the lectotype.

Lepidium chalepense L., Cent. Pl. II, 23. 1756. Cardaria chalepensis (L.) Hand.-Mazz., Ann. Nat. Hofmus. Wien 27: 55. 1913. Cardaria draba subsp. chalepensis (L.) O. E. Schulz in Engler & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam., ed. 2, 17b: 417. 1936. TYPE: "Habitat in Oriente" [lectotype Herb. Linn. No. 824.20 (LINN) designated by S. M. H. Jafri, in Nasir & Ali, Fl. W. Pakistan 55: 68. 1973].

Distribution. Native to SW Asia; naturalized in Europe and North and South America (Argentina).

Lepidium chichicara Desv., J. Bot. Agric. 3: 179. 1815. TYPE: Peru. Chichicara, Dombey s.n. [as Dombrey] (holotype P!; isotype P!). The sheet annotated by Desvaux is taken herein as the holotype.

Lepidium lanceolatum Walp., Nov. Actorum. Acad. Caes. Leop.-Carol. Nat. Cur. 19 (Suppl. 1): 250. 1843, non Presl, Fl. Sicul. 1: 82. 1826. Lepidium chichicara var. lanceolatum (Walp.) Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 221. 1906. Lepidium walpersii J. F. Macbr., Candollea 5: 357. 1934. TYPE: Peru. Lago Titicaca, 12400 ft, F. J. F. Meyen s.n. (holotype B!).

Lepidium chichicara var. pseudobipinnatifidum Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 221. 1906. TYPE: Ecuador, sine locus, 1871, A. Sodiro 58 (holotype B!).

Lepidium chichicara var. rhombocarpum Thell., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11: 309. 1912. TYPE: Bolivia. La Paz, Palca, Illimani, 3600-4800 m, 1906, R. Hauthal 268 (holotype B!).

Distribution. Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.

Lepidium coronopus (L.) Al-Shehbaz, Novon 14: 156. 2004. Cochlearia coronopus L., Sp. Pl. 2: 648. 1753. TYPE: "Habitat in Europae apricis, nudis" [lectotype Herb. Linn. No. 826.5 (LINN) designated by B. Jonsell & C. Jarvis, Nord. J. Bot. 22: 68. 2002].

Lepidium squamatum Forssk., Fl. Aegypt. Arab. 117. 1775. Coronopus squamatus (Forssk.) Aschers., Fl. Prov. Brandenb. 62. 1860. TYPE: [Egypt], Alexandria, P. Forsskal s.n. (holotype C).

Distribution. Native to Eurasia and N Africa; naturalized in North America, South America (Chile), Australia, and South Africa.

Lepidium costaricense Thell., Bull. Herb. Boissier, ser. 2, 4: 713. 1904. TYPE: Costa Rica. San Jose, XI-1875, H. Polakowsky 533 (lectotype Z! here designated; duplicate W!).

Lepidium costaricense var. friedrichsthalii Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturuf. Ges. 41: 252. 1906. TYPE: Guatemala. Jinotepe, 1841, Friedrichsthal 1199 (holotype W).

Lepidium virginicum L. subsp. centrali-americanum Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 225. 1906. Lepidium virginicum var. centrali-americanum (Thell.) C. L. Hitchc., Madrono 8: 128. 1945. TYPE: Mexico. Yucatan, Izamal, 1895, G F Gaumer 456 (lectotype B! here designated; duplicate G!).

Distribution. Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Observations. The reasons why the lectotypes of Lepidium costaricense and L. virginicum subsp. centrali-americanum were designated herein are because they were annotated by Thellung and were among the most complete specimens examined by the present author.

Lepidium crassius (C. L. Hitchc.) Al-Shehbaz, comb. nov. Lepidium cyclocarpum var. crassius C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 94. 1945. TYPE: Peru. Arequipa, 40 Km S of Chala, 5 km from the sea, 700 m, 22-IX-1938, C. R. Worth & J. L. Morrison 15701 (holotype MO!; isotypes G!, GH, MO[2]!, NA!, UC!).

Distribution. Endemic to Peru.

Observations. Although Hitchcock (1945) described this species as a variety of Lepidium cyclocarpum, the differences between them are so substantial that it is difficult to imagine why there were treated as conspecific. Lepidium crassius differs from L. cyclocarpum by being a densely pubescent perennial (vs. sparsely pubescent annual) with hirsute (vs. puberulent) stems 3-5 (vs. 0.5-2) dm tall, auriculate (vs. non auriculate) middle and upper cauline leaves, narrowly winged fruiting pedicels pubescent all around (vs. wingless pedicels puberulent only adaxially), obovate petals , 2-3 x 1-1.8 mm (vs. spatulate to oblanceolate petals 1-1.5 x 0.2-0.5 mm), four (2 median and 2 lateral) stamens (vs. only 2 median), nectar glands 0.5-0.7 mm (vs. 0.1-0.2 mm) long, fruits without (vs. with) apical notch, and styles 0.7-0.1 (vs. 0.2-0.4) mm.

Lepidium cumingianum Fisch. & C. A. Mey., Index Sem. Hort. Petrop. 1: 30. 1835. TYPE: Chile, sine locus, 1834, H. Cuming s.n. (holotype LE).

Lepidium cumingianum subsp. berteroanum Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 218. 1906. TYPE: Chile. [Region V]: Valparaiso, 1829, C. G. L. Bertero 1082 (lectotype G-DC! here designated; duplicates F!, GH!, NY!, P!).

Lepidium cumingianum subsp. orbiculatum Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 219. 1906. TYPE: Chile. [Region I], Tarapaca, R. Philippi s.n. (lectotype B! here designated; duplicate W!).

Lepidium cumingianum var. canescens Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 219. 1906. TYPE: Chile. Santiago, 1818, C. G. L. Bertero 366 (holotype G-DEL!).

Lepidium cumingianum var. subsagittatum Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 219. 1906.

TYPE: no specimens cited.

Distribution. Endemic to Chile.

Observations. The designated lectotypes of Lepidium cumingianum subsp. orbiculatum and subsp. berteroanum are represented by more duplicates than the others cited by Thellung, and all were examined by the present author. Hitchcock (1945) indicated that Bertero 367 is the type collection of Lepidium cumingianum, but there is no indication that supports that. No collection data were provided for var. subsagittatum, and only "Herb. Petrop," now LE, was given.

Lepidium cuzcoensis Al-Shehbaz, sp. nov. TYPE: Peru. Depto. Cuzco, Prov. Urobamba, Laderas de Muyock, 2860 m, 18-I-1963, C. Vargas 14111 (holotype US; isotype US). Fig. 1.

Species perennis, staminis 2, foliis basalibus integris vel serratis, petalis albis obovato-orbicularis 0.7-1 mm longis et sepalis equilongis, fructibus ellipticis 2.5-3 mm longis, apice emarginatis stylis equilongibus a congeneribus diversa.

Herbs, perennial, puberulent with straight, spreading trichomes 0.01-0.1 mm; caudex simple or few branched, slender. Stems 4-13 cm, decumbent to ascending, few from caudex, branched above. Basal leaves 1.5-3 cm; petioles 0.6-1.5 cm, persistent, only slightly flattened at base; blade oblanceolate, 2-5 mm wide, entire or serrulate, puberulent at margin; lowermost cauline leaves shortly petiolate to subsessile, not auriculate at base; middle and upper cauline leaves entire or few toothed, oblong, minutely auriculate at base. Racemes dense, slightly or considerably elongated in fruit; rachis densely and minutely puberulent with straight trichomes; fruiting pedicels ascending at base, recurved, divaricate, 2-3 mm, narrowly winged, minutely puberulent all around. Sepals broadly ovate, 0.8-1.1 mm, somewhat persistent, with a broadly white margin and apex, sparsely puberulent; petals white, broadly obovate-suborbicular, 0.7-1 x 0.6-0.9 mm; stamens 2, median; filaments 0.6-1 mm; anthers ca. 0.2 mm. Fruits dehiscent, broadly elliptic, 2.5-3 x 2.2-2.5 mm, glabrous, not veined, narrowly winged apically, apex emarginate; apical notch 0.15-0.2 mm; style 0.15-2 mm, equaling apical notch. Seeds brown, ovate-oblong, wingless, 1.1-1.2 x 0.7-0.8 mm; cotyledons incumbent.

Etymology. The species is named for the Peruvian province of Cuzco.

Distribution. Known only from the type collection.

Observations. Lepidium cuzcoensis does not appear to be closely related to any of the South American species. It is readily distinguished by a combination of perennial habit, decumbent or ascending stems, minutely puberulent pedicels all around, two stamens, broadly obovate-orbicular petals 0.7-1 mm subequaling sepals, and broadly elliptic fruits 2.5-3 mm long with short style equaling the apical notch.

Lepidium cyclocarpum Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 214. 1906. TYPE: Peru. Lima, Amancaes Hills, Matthews (as Mathew) 752 (lectotype W! designated by J. F. Macbride, Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot ser. 13(2): 949. 1938; isolectotype K!).

Distribution. Endemic to Peru.

Observations. Hitchcock (1945) indicated that the type collection is Weberbauer 1614 and overlooked the earlier lectoypification given above.

Lepidium densiflorum Schrad., Index Sem. Hort. Gotting. 4. 1832. TYPE: Germany. Sine locus, 1831, Schrader s.n. (holotype Z!).

Lepidium neglectum Thell., Bull. Herb. Boissier, ser. 2, 4: 708. 1904. TYPE: United States of America. New York, New York City, Bedford Park, 12-VIII-1899, Wilson s.n. (lectotype Z! here designated).

Distribution. Native to North America, introduced into South America (Argentina), and Europe.

Observations. The above lectotype of Lepidium neglectum is the only sheet of the species annotated by Thellung and housed in the institution where he worked. Lepidium densiflorum was first reported from Argentina by Prina (1997).

Lepidium depressum Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 201. 1906. TYPE: Bolivia. [La Paz], Larecaja, Omasuyos, vicinity of Achacache, Cerro Avichaca, 4000-4200 m, Jan-May 1861, G. Mandon 922 (lectotype G! here designated; duplicate W!).

Distribution. Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.

Observations. The reason why the above sheet of Lepidium depressum is designated herein as the lectotype is because it is the most complete of those annotated by Thellung.

Thellung (1906) gave the collection year for the type collection as 1857, but the lectotype has the year as 1861, and none of that original collection carry the date as he stated.

Lepidium depressum is reported herein for the first time from Argentina and Peru. All of the Argentinean records above were previously undetermined, whereas the Peruvian record was cited by Hitchcock (1945) as L. weddellii, a name that he mishandled and treated herein as a synonym of L. meyenii.

Specimens examined

ARGENTINA. Jujuy. Depto. Humahuaca, Mina Aguilar, Cabrera et al. 18949 (LP). Depto. Yavi, La Quiaca, Cabrera et al. 15294 (LP). La Rioja. Depto. Famatina, Sierra de Famatina, camino a la mina La Mexicana, Kiesling et al. 6290 (BAA). Tucuman. Sierra Aconquija, Cerro Munoz, Lillo 4163 (GH, LIL, US). Depto. Tafi, Co. El Negrito, Giusti et al. MC545 (BAA).

PERU. Puno. Chuquibambilla, Pennell 13396 (F, GH, NY).

Lepidium didymum L., Syst. Nat., ed. 12, 2: 433. 1767. Coronopus didymus (L.) Sm., Fl. Brit. 2: 691. 1804. Senebiera didyma (L.) Pers., Synop. Pl. 2(1): 185. 1806. TYPE: [lectotype Herb. Linn. No. 824.16 (LINN!) designated by W. Fawcett & A. B. Rendle, Flora of Jamaica 3: 244. 1914].

Senebiera pinnatifida DC., Mem. Soc. Hist. Nat. Paris 1799: 144, t. 9. 1799. TYPE: not designated.

Coronopus didymus var. macrocarpus Muschl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 41: 137. 1908. TYPE: Uruguay. Concepcion, P. G. Lorentz 236 (lectotype B! here designated).

Coronopus didymus var. procumbens Muschl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 41: 137. 1908. TYPE: Argentina, Cienega, 10/17-I-1874, P. G. Lorentz & G. Hieronymus 650 (lectotype B! here designated).

Coronopus leptocarpus Boelcke, Darwiniana 19: 395. 1975, syn. nov. TYPE: Chile. Concepcion, Depto. Lautaro, Laraquete, 11-XI-1955, O. Boelcke 7309 (holotype SI!; isotype BAA!).

Coronopus leptocarpus var. microcarpus Boelcke, Darwiniana 19: 397. 1975, syn. nov. TYPE: Chile. Curico, Depto. Vichuquen, Llico, 20-X-1938, E. Barros 2722 (holotype SI!).

Distribution. Native to southern South America, naturalized in Central and North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Observations. The lectotypes of Coronopus didymus var. procumbens and var. macrocarpus were designated as such because they were the only sheets examined by the present author and annotated by Muschler among all the collections at B, where he deposited his types. None of the original material cited under Senebiera pinnatifida was examined by the present author and, therefore, the species remains untypified.

Lepidium draba L., Sp. Pl. 2: 645. 1753. Cardaria draba (L.) Desv., J. Bot. Agric. 3: 163. 1815. TYPE: "Habitat in Germania, praesertim Austria, Gallia, Italia", "Herb. Clifford: 331. Lepidium 2, sheet 2" (lectotype BM-000646273 designated by B. Jonsell & C. Jarvis, Nord. J. Bot. 22: 70. 2002).

Distribution. Native to Eurasia; naturalized in South Africa, Australia, North America, and South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Uruguay).

Lepidium ecuadoriense Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 222. 1906. TYPE: Ecuador. Cotopaxi, paramo, 4100 m, VII-1903, Hans Meyer 198 (holotype JE!).

Distribution. Endemic to Ecuador.

Observations. Hitchcock (1945) reduced Lepidium ecuadoriense to synonymy of L. chichicara, but the two are so different in habit, indumentum, and fruits that justify their recognition as distinct species. From the latter, L. ecuadoriense differs by having thick (vs. thin) caudex, shorter stems (0.51.5 vs. 1.5-4.5 dm), non-auriculate (vs. often auriculate) cauline leaves, fruiting pedicels puberulent all around (vs. only adaxially), petals subequaling or slightly longer (vs. shorter) than sepals, puberulent (vs. glabrous) fruits, and styles subequaling (vs. distinctly shorter than) apical notch.

Lepidium filisegmentum C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 125. 1945. TYPE: Argentina. Santa Cruz, Caleta Olivia, 100-200 m, 12-X-1929, A. Donat 185 (holotype GH!; isotypes BAA!, CAS!, F!, GH!, MO!, NY!, SI!, UC!).

Lepidium reticulatum Howell var. austro-americanum Thell., Bull. Herb. Boiss. 1908: 814. 1908. TYPE: Argentina. Region entre lago Buenos Aires Norte y Codo Rio Mayer, 4610' -48[degrees]15' S, 71-72[degrees]20' W, Rio Lista, 700 m, 5-III-1903, L. Platen & U. Greiner 60 (holotype Z; isotype SI!).

Distribution. Patagonian Argentina and Chile.

Lepidium fraseri Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 217. 1906. Lepidium abrotanifolium Turcz. var. fraseri (Thell.) C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 91. 1945. TYPE: Ecuador. Sine locus, 1860, Fraser s.n. (holotype G-DC!).

Lepidium fraseri subsp. decipiens Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 217. 1906. TYPE: Ecuador. Pichincha, 3000-3800 m, 1873, A. Sodiro 55 (holotype B!).

Distribution. Endemic to Ecuador.

Observations. Lepidium fraseri is a very distinctive species reduced by Hitchcock (1945) to a variety of L. abrotanifolium. From the latter, it differs by always having glabrous (vs. puberulent), entire (vs. pinnatifid) basal leaves 0.5-3 mm (vs. 715 mm wide), entire (vs. 3-5-lobed) cauline leaves, and broadly ovate to obovate (vs. oblong to narrowly oblong-ovate) fruits 2.5-3 (vs. 2-2.3) mm wide.

Lepidium gracile (Chodat & Hassl.) Boelcke, Parodiana 4(1): 36. 1986. Lepidium bonariense L. var. gracile Chodat & Hassl., Bull. Herb. Boissier 2, 3: 795. 1903. Lepidium calycinum var. gracile (Chodat & Hassl.) Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 245. 1906. TYPE: Paraguay. Concepcion, 1901/1902, E. Hassler 7545 (holotype G!; isotypes G!, GH!, P!, UC!).

Distribution. Argentina and Paraguay.

Observations. Thellung (1906) treated this species as a variety of Lepidium bonariense, whereas Hitchcock (1945) reduced it to synonymy of the latter. As shown by Boelcke (1986) the differences between the two species are substantial to merit their recognition as independent.

Lepidium grandifructum C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 82. 1945. TYPE: Brazil, Upper Rio Negro River, 3-III-1906, Weiss & Schmidt s.n. (holoty pe NY!).

Distribution. Endemic to Brazil and known thus far only from the type collection.

Lepidium heterophyllum Benth., Cat. Pl. Pyrenes 95. 1826. TYPE: France. Vallee d'Eynes, sine data, no collector name or date (holotype

Distribution. Native to Europe; naturalized in North America and South America (Chile).

Lepidium hickenii Al-Shehbaz, sp. nov. TYPE: Argentina. Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, puerto, cantera & altiplano, 15-XI-1932, C. M. Hicken s.n. (holotype SI-21077b; isotypes SI-21077a, c). Fig. 2.


Differt a Lepidio burkartii et L. parodii foliis basalibus serrato-crenatis, fructibus obovato-suborbicularis 3,5-5 mm latis, reticulatis, apice emarginatibus 0,5-1 mm longis.

Herbs, perennial, with thick, simple or fewbranched caudex. Stems 10-45 cm, erect, striate, often simple, glabrous below, strigillose above, simple or divaricately branched above. Basal leaves with petioles 1-2 cm, persistent well after fruit maturity; leaf blade elliptic-lanceolate, 2-4 x 1-2 cm, densely strigillose, serrate-crenate, not ciliate; cauline leaves sessile, 1-1.8 x 0.2-0.4 cm, linearlanceolate, auriculate, entire, densely strigillose, uppermost sparsely so. Racemes dense in fruit; rachis retrorsely strigillose; fruiting pedicels slightly arcuate to nearly straight, divaricateascending, 4-6 mm, strigillose adaxially. Sepals ovate, 0.8-1 mm, margin white, subapically strigillose, caducous; petals white, linear, 0.5-0.7 mm; stamens 2, median; filaments ca. 0.5 mm; anthers 0.2-0.3 mm. Fruits dehiscent, obovate-suborbicular, 4.2-5.3 x 3.5-5 mm, glabrous, slightly reticulate, winged apically, apex deeply emarginate; apical notch 0.5-1 mm; style obsolete, included in apical notch. Seeds brown, ovate, narrowly winged or margined, ca. 2 x 1.5 mm; cotyledons incumbent.

Etymology. Lepidium hickenii is named in honor of Cristobal Maria Hicken (1 January 1875-11 March 1933), a renowned Argentinean botanist who collected the type cited above.

Distribution. Nothing is known about the habitat in which the species grows. It appears to be highly restricted in Buenos Aires Province.

Observations. From the closely related perennial and Argentinean-endemic Lepidium with auriculate cauline leaves, L. hickenii is easily distinguished from L. burkartii and L. parodii by having serratecrenate (vs. pinnatifid or pinnatisect) basal leaves, broader, obovate-orbicular fruits 3.5-5 mm wide (vs. elliptic-ovate to obovate fruits 2.4-3.5 mm) with, reticulate (vs. smooth) valves, and deeper apical notch 0.5-1 (vs. 0.1-0.3) mm. The new species also resembles L. pedersenii in having undivided basal and cauline leaves. However, it is readily distinguished by its perennial (vs. annual) habit, densely strigillose leaf surfaces (vs. glabrous or puberulent midvein and leaf margin), longer fruiting pedicels 4-6 (vs. 2-3) mm, caducous (vs. persistent) sepals, larger fruits 4.2-5.3 x 3.5-5 mm (vs. 2.5-3.5 x 2-3 mm), and deeper apical fruit notch 0.5-1 (vs. 0.4-0.5) mm.


ARGENTINA. Buenos Aires. Partido Neco chea, 19-XII-1944, Rodriguez 857 (LIL); Partido Guamini, Guamini, Laguna del Monte, Nicora 4214 (SI); Partido Gral. Pueyrredon, Mar del Plata, Hicken 2304 (SI).

Lepidium horstii Johow ex Skottsb., Handl. K. Vetensk. Vitterh.-Samhales., Goteborgs V. ser. B, 6: 33. 1937. TYPE. Chile. [Region V (Valparaiso)]: San Ambrosio Island, 7 X 1896, F. R. A. Johow s.n. (holotype not seen).

Distribution. Endemic to Chile.

Lepidium johnstonii C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 108. 1945. TYPE: Chile. [Region II (Antofagasta)], Prov. Antofagasta, 5-6 km NE of Taltal, 300 m, 14-X-1938, C. R. Worth & J. L. Morrison 15845 (holotype UC!; isotype DS!).

Distribution. Endemic to Chile.

Lepidium jujuyanum Al-Shehbaz, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 76: 1189. 1989. TYPE: Argentina. Jujuy, Depto. Humahuaca, Tres Cruces, 3750 m, 6-IV-1973, Barbara Ruthsatz 506/7 (holotype GH!; isotype BAA!).

Distribution. Endemic to Argentina.

Lepidium latifolium L., Sp. Pl. 2: 644. 1753. TYPE: "Habitat in Galliae, Angliae umbrosis, succulentis" [lectotype Herb. Linn. No. 824.11a (LINN) designated by S. M. H. Jafri, in Nasir & Ali, Fl. W. Pakistan 55: 60. 1973].

Distribution. Native to Africa, Asia, and Europe; naturalized in North America, South America (Argentina), Australia.

Lepidium marginatum Griseb., Abh. Konig. Ges. Wiss. Gottingen. 19: 72. 1874. Lepidium meyenii subsp. marginatum (Griseb.) Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 204. 1906. TYPE: Argentina. Catamarca, Sierra de Belen, Vayas altas, 9-11,000 ft, I-1872, P. G. Lorentz 598 (holotype GOET!; isotypes B!, CORD![2]).

Lepidium boelckei Al-Shehbaz, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 76: 1189. 1989, syn. nov. TYPE: Argentina. Jujuy, Depto. Humahuaca, Cerro La Soledad, 3500 m, 23-I-1929, S. Venturi 8859 (holotype US!; isotype LIL!).

Distribution. Endemic to Argentina.

Observations. Hitchcock (1945) treated Lepidium marginatum as a synonym of L. meyenii, but the species is substantially distinct for laving lanceolate to elliptic and puberulent (vs. rhombic to rhombic-elliptic or rhombic-suborbicular and glabrous) fruits 5-8 [vs. (2.5-)3-4.5(-5)] mm, fruiting pedicels puberulent all around (vs. often only adaxially), strongly curved (vs. usually straight) trichomes, and at least some undivided (vs. always pinnatifid or pinnatisect) basal leaves. Thellung (1906) reduced L. marginatum to a subspecies of L. meyenii, but the differences above strongly support the recognition of both as distinct species.

When Lepidium boelckei was described over 20 years ago (Al-Shehbaz, 1989), the type collection and adequate material of L. marginatum were available for that study. Both Hitchcock (1945) and Thellung (1906) did not recognize the latter as a distinct species. The study herein of ample collections clearly reveals that the two plants are conspecific.

Lepidium meyenii Walp., Nov. Act. Nat. Cur. 19. Suppl. 1: 249. 1843. TYPE: Peru. "In planis circa Pisacomam," 15,000 ft, IV-1831, F. J. F. Meyen 33 (holotype B!).

Lepidium gelidum Wedd., Ann. Sci. Nat. V, 1: 283. 1864. Lepidium meyenii subsp. gelidum (Wedd.) Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 203. 1906. Lepidium meyenii var. gelidum (Wedd.) Hosseus, Bol. Acad. Nac. Ci. Cordoba 26: 101. 1921. TYPE: Bolivia. Chuquisaca, Prov. Cinti, I-1846, H. A. Weddell 3955 (lectotype P! designated by A. The llung, Neue Denkschr. Schwiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 203. 1906; duplicate P!).

Lepidium affine Wedd., Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. ser. 5, 1: 284. 1864, non Lepidium affine Ledeb., Index Sem. Hort. Dorpat. 22. 1821. Lepidium meyenii Walp. var. affine Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 204. 1906. Lepidium weddellii O. E. Schulz, Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 391. 1932. TYPE: Bolivia. Prov. Omasuyos, vicinis Achacace, Taypichuru, in glareosis, 4000 m, 1857, G. Mandon 927 (lectotype P! partially designated by C. L. Hitchcock, Lilloa 11: 86. 1945, and herein; duplicates G BOIS!, G-DC!).

Lepidium peruvianum G. Chacon, Revista Peru. Biol. 3(2): 202. 1990, syn. nov. TYPE: Peru. Pasco, Depto. Pasco, Huarancaca, dentro de la ciudad de Cerro de Pasco, 4300 m, 9-IX-1989, G Chacon s.n. (holotype USM; isotypes B!, UC!, Z!).

Distribution. Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.

Observations. The cultivated Lepidium of the Peruvian highlands, better known as "maca," have correctly been assigned to L. meyenii by various authors. However, their recognition by Chacon (1990) as L. peruvianum has no morphological support other than the production of fleshy roots in the cultivated (vs. nonfleshy roots in the wild) forms of this species. One can draw so many similar parallels among the cultivated vs. wild forms of radish (Raphanus sativus L.), turnip (Brassica rapa L.), and rape (B. napus L.), all of which produce fleshy roots in cultivation but do not produce them when they become naturalized. Therefore, L. peruvianum does not have any merits. L. weddellii J. F. Macbr., Candollea 5: 357. 1934, is nom. superfl.

Lepidium myrianthum Phil., Anales Mus. Nac. Chile 8: 5. 1891. Lepidium ruderale L. var. myrianthum (Phil.) Reiche, Anales Mus. Nac. Chile 90: 96. 1896. TYPE: Chile. Antofagasta, Cueva de Colorado, 23-I-1885, F. Philippi 1825 (lectotype SGO-64001 here designated).

Lepidium spicatum f. microcarpum Hicken, Physis (Buenos Aires) 2: 13. 1915. TYPE. Argentina. Rio Negro, vicinity of General Roca, 250-360 m, IX-1914 /II-1915, W. Fischer 37(holotype SI!; isotypes F[2]!, GH[2]!, K!, MO[2]!, NY!, US!).

Distribution. Argentina, Chile.

Observations. The original description of Lepidium myrianthum was based on collections made at 3880 m from Cueva de Colorado. Only two Philippi sheets from that locality are at SGO, and the label of one (SGO 49231) has the altitude 3700 m, whereas that of SGO 64001 has no elevation, though it was entered in the JSTOR database as 3880 m. Thellung (1906), Munoz-Pizarro (1960), and Boelcke (1964) did not lectotypify the species, and the more complete sheet is designated above as the lectotype.

Hitchcock (1945) reduced this native South American species to synonymy of the Eurasian weed Lepidium ruderale, and reported the later from Argentina based on Fischer 37, which is cited above. Both species have pinnatisect basal leaves and similar fruit shape and size. However, L. myrianthum differs by having 1-pinnatisect (vs. (1-)2-3-pinnatisect) basal leaves, reticulate (vs. non-reticulate) fruits, stems puberulent with curved vs. straight papillae, and fruiting pedicels glabrous or puberulent only adaxially (vs. puberulent all around).

Lepidium nitidum Nutt. in Torr. & A. Gray, Fl. N. Amer. 1: 116. 1838. TYPE: United States. California, Santa Barbara, T. Nuttall s.n. (holotype BM!; isotype NY!).

Lepidium chilense Kunze ex Walp., Nov. Act. Nat. Curr. 19, suppl. 1: 250. 1843. Lepidum spicatum var. chilense (Kunze ex Walp.) Reiche, Anales Univ. Chile 90: 93. 1895. TYPE: Chile, sine data, Meyen s.n. (holotype B!).

Lepidium tenuifolium Phil., Anales Univ. Chile. 81: 333. 1892. Lepidum bipinnatifidum var. tenuifloium (Phil.) Reiche, Anales Univ. Chile 90: 95. 1895. TYPE: Chile. Near Chillan, M. A. Solis s.n. (holoty pe SGO-63989!).

Lepidium tenuissimum Steud., Nomen. Bot. 2, 28. 1941. TYPE. Chile. Valparaiso, VII-1830, C. G. L. Bertero 1081 (holotype P!; isotypes BM!, GH!).

Lepidium curicoanum Phil., Anales Univ. Chile 81: 334. 1892. Lepidium bipinnatifidum var. curicoanum (Phil.) Reiche, Anales Univ. Chile 90: 95. 1895. TYPE: Chile. Curico, 1891, M. Vidal s.n. (holotype SGO-071467!).

Distribution. South America (Chile) and disjunct in North America (California).

Observations. Hitchcock (1945) recognized Lepidium curicoanum both as a distinct species and as a synonym of L. nitidum. Examination of the types of both species reveals that they are conspecific.

Lepidium parodii Thell., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 21: 254. 1925. TYPE: Argentina.

Buenos Aires, Avellaneda, 18-X-1924, L. R. Parodi 5840 (lectotype Z! here designated; duplicate BAA!).

Distribution. Endemic to Argentina.

Observations. Thellung (1925) listed two syntypes in the original description of the species, and the more complete collection is taken as the lectotype.

Lepidium pedersenii Al-Shehbaz, sp. nov. TYPE: Argentina. Chaco, Depto. San Fernando, Isla Soto, low floodable ground, 25-VIII1967, T. M. Pedersen 8352 (holotype MO; isotype BAA). Fig. 3.

Lepidium calycinum Godron var. integrifolium Thell., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11: 309. 1913. L. aletes J. F. Macbr. var. integrifolium (Thell.) Boelcke, Parodiana 4: 58. 1986; not L. integrifolium Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray, Fl. N. Amer. 1: 116. 1838. TYPE: Paraguay. Pilcomayo, 1906, T. Rojas 368 (lectotype B! here designated; duplicate BM!).

Differt a Lepidio auriculato foliis basalibus serratis vel serrulatis (non 1-3-pinnatifidis vel pinnatisectis), foliis caulinis subintegris vel serratis, et pedicellis fructiferibus abaxaliter glabris.


Herbs, annual, often strigillose with trichomes 0.2-0.5 mm. Stems 1.5-4.5 dm, erect, usually divaricately branched above, strigillose with retrorse or rarely spreading trichomes. Basal leaves 2-8(11) x 0.3-1.5(-2.5) cm; petioles 0.5-3.5(-5) cm; leaf blade oblanceolate, glabrous or pubescent only along midvein, margin serrate to serrulate along entire length, ciliate; middle cauline leaves 1-2.5 x 0.2-0.6 cm, sessile, base auriculate, margin subentire to serrate. Racemes dense, retrorse or rarely spreading strigillose; fruiting pedicels slender, strongly recurved about middle, ascending at base, divaricate distally, 2-3 mm, narrowly winged, strigillose adaxially and ciliate at margin. Sepals oblong, 0.5-0.8 mm, persistent, apex white, puberulent outside; petals white, 0.3-0.5 x 0.030.05 mm; stamens 2, median; filaments 0.5-0.9 mm; anthers 0.1-0.2 mm. Fruits dehiscent, obovate-orbicular, 2.5-3.5 x 2-3 mm, winged apically, glabrous, apex deeply and broadly emarginate; apical notch 0.4-0.5 mm; style obsolete or to 0.05 mm, included in apical notch. Seeds reddish brown, ovate-oblong, usually narrowly margined or winged at least distally, 1.2-1.4 x 0.7-0.8 mm, margined; cotyledons incumbent.

Etymology. The species is named in honor of Troels Myndel Pedersen (26 September 1916 - 5 May 2000) who collected the type gathering and several paratypes cited below.

Distribution and habitat. Lepidiumpedersenii grows on flood plains and along roadsides and river banks in northeastern Argentina (Chaco, Corrientes, Formosa, Misiones, Santa Fe, and Tucuman) and adjacent Paraguay.

Observations. Lepidium pedersenii was treated by Thellung (1906) and Boelcke (1986) as variety integrifolium of L. calycinum and L. aletes, respectively. As shown above, the latter two species are synonymized herein under L. auriculatum. Both L. pedersenii and L. auriculatum are erect annuals with persistent sepals and similar fruit morphology. However, the new species is easily distinguished by having primarily serrate to serrulate [vs. (1 or) 2 (or 3)-pinnatifid or -pinnatisect to pectinate] basal leaf margin, subentire or serrate (vs. pinnatifid to pinnatisect or pectinate) cauline leaves, and fruiting pedicels glabrous abaxially (vs. puberulent all around). In three collections, Serafin & Pierotti 6545 (GH, LIL), Zardini et al. 860 (LP), and Schwindt 710 (GH, LIL), both species are mounted on the same sheet, but in others (e.g., Montes 1086 vs. Montes 1087 and Schwindt 502 vs. Schwindt 503) the first and second accession of each collection are L. pedersenii and L. auriculatum, respectively.

The collection of Lepidium calycinum var. integrifolium designated herein as the lectotype is by far the most complete of all syntypes cited by its original author.


ARGENTINA. Chaco. Depto. 1 de Mayo, Boelcke & Correa 14479 (BAA, BACP); Colonia Benitez, Schulz 145 (BAB). Corrientes. Barranca del rio Parana, Rojas 11525 (LIL). Depto. Bella Vista: Ruta 27, 10 km S of Bella Vista, Toropi, Schinini & Cristobal 9839 (G, SI). Depto. Empedrado, El Pollo 2 leguas al Este, Ibarrola 3168 (GH, LIL); Estancia La Yela, Pedersen 12975 (BACP). Depto. Itati, Pedersen 7067 (MO). Depto. Mburucuya: Estancia Santa Teresa, Pedersen 1813 (LP, MO); Estancia Santa Teresa, Bur kart 19329 (BACP, SI, US), Pedersen 2 (MO). Depto. Santo Tome, Rio Uruguay y Arroyo Chimi ray, Schinini & Ahumada 20843 (BAA). Formosa. Formosa, Jorgensen 2596 (MO); Depto. Laishi, Ruta Nac. 11, Rio Salado, 4 km S Tatane, Boelcke 13342 (BAA), Boelcke 13338 (BAA). Misiones. San Javier, Aug 1902, Burmeister s.n. (BAB); Posadas, La Granja, Ekman 1996 (F, P). Depto. Candelaria: Santa Ana, Montes 1086 (GH, LIL); Loreto, Montes 14670 (CAS, NY); Loreto, Montes 508 (BAA, BAB). Depto. Cainguas: Mineral, Schwindt 710 (GH, LIL); Puerto Rico, Schwindt 502 (LIL). Depto. Capital: Garupa, Grondona & Spegazzini 1310 (BAB). Depto. Bernardo de Irigoyen, San Antonio, Serafin & Pierotti 6545 (GH, LIL). Depto. Iguazu: Victoria, Schwindt 2835 (LIL); Parque Nacional Iguazu, Zardini et al. 852, 860 (LP); Parque Nacional Banado, Mulgura et al. 577 (BAA). Santa Fe. Depto. Vera, Arroyo Golondrinas, Cristobal et al. 2007 (BAA). Tucuman. Depto. Leales: Chanar Pozo, Venturi 420 (LIL). PARAGUAY. Boqueron, Eas. Pozo Once, Colonia Menno, Vanni et al. 1785 (CTES, F); Capitan Miranda, Lurvey 212 (MO). Depto. A. Parana-Viv. Ftal. Itaipu, Itaipu Binacional 24 (MO); Puerto Stroessner, Krapovickas & Cristobal 13392 (BAA).

Lepidium perfoliatum L., Sp. Pl. 2: 643. 1753. TYPE: "Habitat in Persia, Syria." [Lectotype Herb. Clifford: 331, Lepidium 3 (BM 000646274) designated by B. Jonsell & C. Jar vis, Nord. J. Bot. 22: 70. 2002].

Distribution. Native to N Africa, Asia, and Europe; introduced into South America (Argentina), North America, and Australia.

Lepidium philippianum (Kuntze) Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 200. 1906. Nasturtium philippianum Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 937. 1891. Based on Lepidium suffruticosum Phil., Linnaea 20: 670. 1856, non L., Mant. 1: 91. 1767. TYPE: Chile. Cordillera de Yerba Loca, R. Philippi s.n. (holotype SGO-63998!).

Lepidium philippianum var. brachystylum Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 200. 1906. TYPE: Chile, Cordillera de Santiago, R. Philippi 630 (holotype LE; isotype K!).

Onuris reichei Gilg & Muschl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 42: 467. 1909. TYPE: Chile. Cordillera de Santiago, 2700 m, C. Reiche s.n. (holotype B!).

Distribution. Endemic to Chile.

Observations. The limits of Lepidium philippianum were broadly delimited by both Thellung (1906) and Hitchcock (1945) to also include (as var. boliviense) the Bolivian endemic L. beckii.

Lepidium pinnatifidum Ledeb., Fl. Ross. 1: 206. 1841. TYPE: Russia, "Inter plantas astrachanensi," Blume D19 (holotype LE!, plant on the left).

Distribution. Native to Central Asia and Europe; naturalized in South America (Argentina) and North America (California).

Lepidium pseudodidymum Thell. ex Druce, Bot. Exch. Club Soc. Brit. Isles 3: 388. 1914. TYPE: [Argentina]. Plants alien to Scotland, Twedside, Galashields, Sekrikshire, 3-IX-1913, I. M. Hayward s.n. (holotype E!).

Senebiera australis Hook.f., Fl. Antarct. 2: 241. 1843, not L. australe Kirk, Trans. N. Z. Inst. 14: 381. 1882. Coronopus pinnatifidus (DC.) Gaertn. var. australis (Hook.f.) Reiche, Fl. Chile 1: 67. 1896. Coronopus australis (Hook.f.) Speg., Ann. Mus. Nac. Hist. Nat. Bs. Aires 7: 227. 1902. Senebiera pinnatifida DC. var. australis (Hook.f.) Wildman, Exp. Antarct. Belge, Voyage S. Y. Belgica, Bot. 95. 1905. Coronopus didymus (L.) Sm. subsp. australis (Hook.f.) Gilg & Muschl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 42: 449. 1909. TYPE: Chile. Chonos Archipielago, XII-1834, C. Darwin 34.bis (holotype K!).

Lepidium inclusum O. E. Schulz, Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni Veg. 33: 189. 1933. TYPE: Argentina. Tierra del Fuego, Rio Grande, 12-I-1933, A. Castellanos 7757 (holotype B!).

Distribution. Patagonian Argentina and Chile.

Lepidium pubescens Desv., J. Bot. Agric. 3: 180. 1915. TYPE: Peru. Para, Dombey s.n. (holotype P!).

Lepidium rainmondii O. E. Schulz, Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 10: 727. 1929, syn. nov. TYPE: Peru. Cajamarca, Prov. Contumaza, Cascas, Cerro de Catache, 5500 ft [ca. 1800 m], 25-V-1875, A. Raimondi 7538 (holotype B!).

Lepidium demissum C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 121. 1945, syn. nov. TYPE: Bolivia. La Paz, 3800 m, 3-IV-1919, O. Buchtien 4475 (holotype GH!; isotypes US!).

Lepidium scabrifructum C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 119. 1945, syn. nov. TYPE: Bolivia. Atocha, 20-III-1921, 3700 m, E. Asplund 6205 (holotype US!; isotype S!).

Distribution. Bolivia and Peru.

Observations. Neither Schulz (1929) nor Hitchcock (1945) examined the type of Lepidium pubescens. The types of L. raimondii, L. demissum, and L. scabrifructum are indistinguishable from that of L. pubescens in every aspect of foliage, flowers and fruits. The only difference is the presence in L. demissum of nearly persistent sepals and in L. scabrifructum only slightly smaller (ca. 3.5 x 3 mm vs. 3.5-5 x 3-4.5 mm) fruits. The presence of minute trichomes on the margin of fruit valve, annual habit, and pinnatifid or pinnatisect leaves should readily distinguish L. pubescens (including its new three synonyms) from the other congeners.

Lepidium quitense Turcz., Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 27(2): 39. 1854. TYPE: Ecuador. Quito, Plains of Pomasqui, 1850, Jameson 892 (holotype KW; isotypes G-BOIS!, G-DEL!, US!; fragment F!).

Lepidium quitense var. integrifolium Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 213. 1906. TYPE: Ecuador. Guallabamba, XII-1886, A. Sodiro 56 (holotype B!).

Lepidium quitense var. microphyllum Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 213. 1906. TYPE: Ecuador. Sine data, A. J. A. Bonpland s.n. (holotype B-W!; isotypes B!, P!).

Distribution. Endemic to Ecuador.

Lepidium rahmeri Phil., Anales Mus. Nac. Chile 1891: 5. 1891. TYPE: Chile. [Region I], Tarapaca, Calcalhuai, C. Rahmer s.n. (holotype SGO-63996!; isotype SGO-71461!).

Distribution. Argentina (new), Chile.

Observations. The species is reported for the first time from Argentina based on the many collections cited below, all of which were previously undetermined. The species resembles L. argentinum in having acute fruit valves and often minutely puberulent valve keel. However, it differs in the perennial (vs. annual) habit and in having orbicular to ovate-orbicular (vs. oblong to oblong-ovate) fruits.

Specimens examined

ARGENTINA. Jujuy. San Antonio de los Pibes, Sleumer 3241 (BAA, LIL, SI); Huacalera, Cabrera 12066 (LP). Depto. Cochinoca, Cerro Huauca, Charpin & Novara 23129 (G). Depto. Humahuaca, Azul Pampa, Cabrera et al. 21411 (LP, MO); Humahuaca, Parodi 9668 (BAA); Cuesta de Azul Pampa, J. H. Hunziker et al. 10465 (SI); Mina Aguilar, Cabrera et al. 15439 (LP), J. H. Hunziker et al. 10482 (SI); de Pucara a Palca de Aparzo, Kiesling 3512, 3633 (SI); Tres Cruces, Cabrera et al. 27455 (SI). Depto. Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Co. Pereyra, Gualianone et al. 1915 (SI). Depto. Santa Catalina, Santa Catalina, Morrone et al. 2678 (SI). Depto. Tilcara, Quebrada de Huasamayo, Cabrera et al. 31571 (SI, US). Depto. Tumbaya, Quebrada de Lipan, Zuloaga & Deginani 3573 (SI); camino de Purmamarca al Abra de Lipan, R. Kiesling et al. 5192 (SI), Kielsing et al. 5221 (SI); 32 km de Purmamarca, Morrone et al. 2730 (SI); Abra de Lipan, Cabrera et al. 31674 (SI), Cabrera et al. 27408 (SI); Volcan, Chilcayo, camino a Abra Morada, Kiesling et al. 5819 (SI); Cienaga Grande, 11 km S El Moreno, Nicora et al. 8911 (SI); camino de Purmamarca a Abra de Lipan, Abra Blanca, Kiesling et al. 5303 (SI), Kiesling 5310 (SI); subida de Purma marca a Abra de Pives, Cabrera et al. 26356 (SI); El Moreno, Angosto del Chani, ca. Incahwasi, Kielsing et al. 5255 (SI). Depto. Yavi, La Quiaca, Novara 8259 (G); Pumahuasi, Giusti et al. MC551 (BAA). Salta. Puerto Tastil, Feb 1943, Pedraluerca s.n. (BAA). Depto. Cachi, ruta 33, km 44 despues de Cachi, Charpin & Lazare 23995 (G).

Lepidium reichei Phil. ex Reiche, Fl. Chile 1: 64. 1896. TYPE: Chile. Andes de Santiago, Valle Largo, II-1892, C. Reiche s.n. (holotype SGO-63994!; isotype B!).

Lepidium brevicaule Barn. in Gay, Hist. Chile Bot. 1: 165. 1845, syn. nov. Non Lepidium brevicaule Hoppe ex W. D. J. Koch, Deutschl. Fl., ed. 3, 4: 519. 1833. Nasturtium brevicaule Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 937. 1891. Lepidium barneoudianum Sukory, Gayana Bot. 60(2): 135. 2003. TYPE: Chile. Cordilleras de Coquimbo, 3300 m, 1839, C. Gay 335 (holotype P!).

Lepidium morrisonii C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 116. 1945, syn. nov. TYPE: Chile. Coquimbo, Rio Ojotas, NE of La Vega Redonda, Andes back of Cuncumen, 3000 m, 25-II-1939, J. L. Morrison & R. Wagenknecht 17418 (holotype UC!; isotypes F!, LIL!, G!, MO!, NA!, SI!).

Lepidium bonariense L. var. gayi Thell., Bull. Herb. Boissier ser. 2, 8: 914. 1908, syn. nov. TYPE: Chile. Prov. Coquimbo, 1838, C. Gay s.n. (holotype P!).


Distribution. Endemic to Chile.

Observations. A very distinctive species easily distinguished by its small fruits, straight fruiting pedicels subappressed to rachis, perennial habit, and pinnatisect leaves. Hitchcock (1945) suspected that Lepidium morrisonii might be conspecific with L. brevicaule, but he refrained from treating them as such because he did not examine the type of the latter.

Teillier (1993) has correctly demonstrated that Lepidium reichei is rather distinct morphologically from L. philippianum, a species under which Hitchcock (1945) erroneously treated L. reichei as a synonym. However, Teillier (1993) failed to synonymize L. morrisonii and the later homonym L. brevicaule and its new name L. bareoudianum (Sukory, 2003) with L. reichei.

Lepidium rhytidocarpum (Hook.) Al-Shehbaz, Novon 12: 9. 2002. Senebiera rhytidocarpa Hook., London J. Bot. 2: 506. 1843. Coronopus rhytidocarpus (Hook.) Macloskie, Rep. Princ. Univ. Exped. Patagonia, Botany 8: 428. 1905. TYPE: Argentina. "Patagonia", Tweede s.n. (holotype K!).

Distribution. Argentina and Uruguay.

Lepidium santacruzensis Al-Shehbaz, sp. nov. TYPE: Argentina. Santa Cruz, Depto. Deseado, Puerto Deseado, Isla Quirogua, Desembocadura de la Ria, 17-XI-1963, M. N. Correa, L. Men donza & C. Movia 2541 (holotype BAA; isoty pe BAB). Fig. 4.

Differt a Lepidio auriculato et L. pedersenii

caulibus prostratis, petalis nullis, fructibus 2.5-2.7 (vs. 3-3.7) mm longis, apice emarginatibus stylo equilongis, et seminibus non-alatis nec marginatis.

Herbs, annual, hirsutulous on stems, pedicels and sepals with straight trichomes 0.1-0.4 mm. Stems 7-15 cm, prostrate, branched an base and throughout. Basal leaves soon withered, oblanceolate, 1-2.5 cm, narrowed to petiolar base, entire or few toothed; cauline leaves sessile, 7-15 x 3-7 mm, oblong, coarsely and obtusely dentate, strongly auriculate at base, glabrous. Racemes dense, slightly elongated in fruit; fruiting pedicels strongly recurved about middle, erect at base, flattened, divaricate distally, 2-2.5 mm, puberulent all around, narrowly winged. Sepals ovate, 0.6-0.7 mm, persistent, apex white, pubescent outside; petals absent; stamens 2, median; filaments 0.60.8 mm; anthers ca. 0.15-0.2 mm. Fruits dehiscent, obovate-orbicular, 2.5-2.7 x 2.2-2.5 mm, narrowly winged apically, glabrous, apex emarginate; apical notch ca. 0.1 mm; style ca. 0.1 mm, as long as apical notch. Seeds reddish brown, ovate-oblong, wingless, not margined, 1.1-1.2 x ca. 0.7 mm; cotyledons incumbent.

Etymology. The species is named after Santa Cruz Province.

Distribution and habitat. Known only from the type collection.

Observations. The type material of Lepidium santacruzensis was cited by Boelcke & Romanczuk (1984) as L. aletes (herein as L. auriculatum). However, it resembles that species only in having auriculate cauline leaves, persistent sepals, and fruiting pedicels puberulent all around. From L. auriculatum and the related L. pedersenii, L. santacruzensis is readily distinguished by the lack (vs. presence) of petals and by having prostrate (vs. erect) stems branched at the base and throughout (vs. branched only distally), caducous (vs. persistent) basal leaves, smaller fruits 2.5-2.7 (vs. 3-3.7) mm, apical notch ca. 0.1 mm (vs. 0.3-0.5 mm), style as long as the apical notch (vs. obsolete and included in apical notch), and wingless and not margined (vs. at least apically winged or margined) seeds. Furthermore, it differs from L. auriculatum by having entire or toothed vs. (1 or) 2 (or 3)-pinnatifid or -pinnatisect] leaves. From L. pedersenii, the new species differs by the lack (vs. presence) of distinct petiole on basal leaves and entire or few-toothed (vs. serrate or serrulate along entire margin).

Lepidium sativum L., Sp. Pl. 2: 644. 1753. TYPE: [lectotype Herb. Linn. 824.11 (LINN) designated by W. Fawcett & A. B. Rendle, Flora of Jamaica 3: 243. 1914].


Distribution. Native to N Africa and Eurasia; cultivated and naturalized in South America (Argentina), North America, and Australia.

Lepidium serratum (Poir.) Al-Shehbaz, Novon 12: 9. 2002. Senebiera serrata Poir., Encycl. (Lamarck) 7: 76. 1806. Coronopus serratus (Poir.) Desv., J. Bot. Agric. 3: 163. 1815. TYPE: Uruguay. Montevideo, Commerson s.n. (holotype P-JU; isotypes fragments BAA!, P[3]!).

Distribution. Argentina and Uruguay.

Lepidium solomonii Al-Shehbaz, Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 73: 830. 1986. TYPE: Bolivia. La Paz, Prov. Los Andes, 6.6 km NW of Batallas on the principal road along Lake Titicaca, 16[degrees]15'S, 68[degrees]33'W, 3,850 m, rocky hillside, 5II-1984, J. C. Solomon 11448 (holotype MO!; isotypes GH!, LPB).

Distribution. Endemic to Bolivia.

Lepidium spathulatum Phil., Fl. Atacam. 8. 1860. Nasturtium spathulatum (Phil.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 937. 1891. TYPE: Chile. Cachinal de la Costa, R Philippi s.n. (holotype SGO-063990!).

Distribution. Endemic to Chile.

Lepidium spicatum Desv., J. Bot. Agric. 3: 178. 1815. TYPE: Magallanes, Commerson s.n. (holotype P!; isotype P!). The more complete specimen annotated by Desvaux's handwriting is taken herein as the type.

Lepidium racemosum Griseb., Abh. Konigl. Ges. Wiss. Gottingen 6: 116. 1854. Lepidium spicatum var. racemosum (Griseb.) Boelcke, Fl. Patag. 8(4a): 468. 1984. TYPE: Peninsula Brunswick, Oazy Harbor, W Lechler 1114 (lectotype GOET! designated by C. L. Hitchcock, Lilloa 11: 101. 1945; duplicates G!, P[2]!).

Lepidium spicatum var. calyx-persistente Boelcke, Parodiana 3: 26. 1984, syn. nov. TYPE: Argentina. Entre Rios. Depto. Gualeguaychu, Pto. Constanza, arroyo Carquejas, 9-IV-1960, A. Burkart & J. C. Gamerro 21749 (holotype SI!; isotype BAA!).

Distribution. Argentina and Chilean Patagonia.

Observations. Both Thellung (1906) and Hitchcock (1945) reduced Lepidium racemosum to synonymy of L. spicatum, but Boelcke & Romanczuk (1984) treated it as a variety of the latter. The main differences they used to separate the two varieties is the presence in var. racemosum of minute auricles on the upper pinnately divided cauline leaves (vs. non-auriculate and entire or trifid upper leaves). However, this variation is continuous, and mixed plants of both "varieties" are found in many collections.

Lepidium steinbachii O. E. Schulz, Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 9: 1037. 1926. TYPE: Bolivia. Santa Cruz, Prov. Cercado, Pampitas del Rio Piray, 450 m, 24V-VIII-916, J. Steinbach 2724 (holotype B!; isotypes GH!, LIL!, SI!).

Distribution. Endemic to Chile and known only from the type collection above.

Lepidium strictum (S. Wats.) Rattan ex B. L. Rob. in A. Gray, Syn. Fl. N. Amer. 1(1): 129. 1895. Lepidium oxycarpum Torr. & A. Gray var. strictum S. Wat. in Brewer & S. Watson, Bot. California 1: 46. 1876. TYPE: United States. California. El Dorado County, near Placerville, 1878, V. Rattan s.n. (holotype GH!).

Distribution. Apparently native to Chile and perhaps Peru, also in the western United States.

The disjunct distribution of Lepidium strictum in both the United States (California, Oregon) and Chile requires studies to show if the species is indeed native to South America as suspected by Hitchcock (1945).

Lepidium stuckertianum (Thell.) Boelcke, Parodiana 4(1): 40. 1986. Lepidium bonariense L. var. stuckertianum Thell., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 13: 302. 1914. TYPE: Argentina. Santiago del Estero, Salavina, T. Stuckert 7434 (lectotype Z designated by O. Boelcke, Parodiana 4: 40. 1986; duplicate CORD!).

Distribution. Endemic to Argentina.

Observations. Thellung (1914) erroneously listed the above lectotype as Stuckert 7439 instead of 7434.

Lepidium tandilense Boelcke, Darwinian;] 13: 521. 1964. TYPE: Argentina. Buenos Aires, Tandil, Sierras de las Animas, 14-X-1962, O. Boelcke, M. N. Correa, N. M. Bacigalupo 2441 (holotype BAA!; isotypes BAB!, SI!).

Distribution. Endemic to Argentina.

Lepidium trianae Thell., Neue Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 41: 214. 1906. TYPE: Colombia. Nouvelle Grenada [Cundinamarca], Bogota, 1851-1857, 2700 m, J. Triana s.n. (lectotype G-DC! designated by C. L. Hitchcock, Lilloa 11: 98. 1945 and herein; duplicates BM!, G-DC!, K!, NY!, P!).

Distribution. Endemic to Colombia.

Observations. Hitchcock did not examine the lectotype he designated, and the more complete plant with flowers and fruits and annotated in Thellung's handwriting as "Lepidium trianae Thell. n.sp." is confirmed herein as the lectotype. The G-DC duplicate without flowers and fruits is taken as the isolectotype. Thellung (1906) cited one collection (Weddell s.n.; P) from Bolivia, and although I have not examined that collection, it is highly unlikely that the species extends its range that far south.


Lepidium virginicum L., Sp. Pl. 2: 645. 1753. TYPE: "Habitat in Virginia, Jamaicae glareosis" [lectotype Herb. Linn. # 824.18 (LINN) designated by W. Marais, Flora of Southern Africa 13: 94. 1970].

Lepidium danielsii C. L. Hitchc., Lilloa 11: 123. 1945, syn. nov. TYPE: Colombia. Depto. Antioquia. Medellin, VIII-1933, H. Daniels s.n. (holotype NY!).

Distribution. Native to North America, introduced into South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Venezuela), Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Observations. Lepidium danielsii is indistinguishable from the highly variable L. virginicum in every aspect of the plant. However, its type has somewhat large fruits, a feature that occurs sporadically throughout the native and naturalized ranges of L. virginicum.

Lepidium werffii Al-Shehbaz, sp. nov. TYPE: Peru. Arequipa-Ubinas road, 16[degrees]23'13" S, 71[degrees]20'47" W, 2600-3400 m, scrub, 17-IV-2006, H. van der Werff, L. Valenzuela, & E. Sculli 20743 (holotype MO; isotypes B, CAS, F, GH, K, SI, P, US). Fig. 5.

Differt a Lepidio meyenii staminibus 4 (vs. 2), petalis obovatis 1.2-2.2 (vs. 0.3-0.5) mm latis, valvis reticulatis, et fructibus 4-5.5 [vs. 2.5-3.8(-4)] mm latis.

Herbs, perennial, sparsely to densely puberulent with straight, spreading trichomes 0.01-0.2 mm; roots not fleshy; caudex simple, 0.5-2 cm in diam. Stems 4-25 cm, decumbent to ascending, often several from caudex, branched above. Basal leaves 1.7-11 cm; petioles 1-6 cm, persistent, stramineus, flattened at base; blade undivided and oblanceolate with 5-7 subapical teeth, or pinnatifid and with 2-4 dentate to incised lateral lobes on each side; cauline leaves shortly petiolate to subsessile, laciniate, not auriculate at base. Racemes lax, terminal, elongated considerably in fruit; rachis puberulent with straight trichomes; fruiting pedicels slender, straight, spreading, 4-7 mm, narrowly winged, glabrous abaxially. Sepals oblong, 1.5-2 mm, persistent; petals white, obovate, 2-3.5 x 1.2-2.2 mm, longer than sepals; stamens 4, median; filaments 1-1.5 mm; anthers 0.40.5 mm. Fruits dehiscent, broadly rhombic, 2.5-4.5 x 4-5.5 mm, distinctly wider than long, subconstricted below apex, glabrous, distinctly veined, narrowly winged apically, apex emarginate; apical notch 0.05-0.2 mm; style 0.5-1 mm, exserted from apical notch. Seeds brown, ovate-oblong, wingless, 1.4-1.8 x 0.8-1 mm; cotyledons incumbent.

Etymology. Lepidium werffii is named in honor of Henk van der Werff (1946- ), the world expert on the family Lauraceae and one of the collectors of the type gathering.

Distributi on and habitat. The species grows in scrub and puna vegetation at 2600-4200 m in southern Peru.

Observations. Lepidium werffii is most closely related to L. meyenii, from which it differs by having obovate (vs. linear to oblanceolate) petals 1.2-2.2 (vs. 0.3-0.5) mm wide, four (vs. two) stamens, broadly rhombic (vs. elliptic to rhombicsuborbicular) fruits 4-5.5 [vs. 2.5-3.8(-4)] mm wide and distinctly wider (vs. narrower) than long, and veined (vs. not veined) fruit valves.


PERU. Arequipa. Arequipa-Ubinas road, Werff, et al. 20812 (BM, E, G, MO, NY). Tacna. Prov. Tarata, Cord. del Barroso, Torre et al. 2111 (MO).


I thank Drs. Ana Anton (CORD), Vladimir Dorofeyev (LE), Martin Gardner (E), Dmitry German (ALTB), Jochen Heinrich (GOET), Sergei Mosyakin (KW), Melica Munoz-Schick (SGO), Reto Nyffeler (Z), Joana Osborne (K), Rusty Russell (US), Robert Vogt (B), Emily Wood and Walter Kitteredge (GH), Thomas A. Zanoni (NY), and Hans-Joachim Zundorf (JE) for their help in locating type collections in their herbaria. I am also grateful to all the curators and directors of herbaria cited above for the loan of specimens. I also thank Fred Keusenkothen for helping with the digital imaging of the new species. Fieldwork and herbarium studies in Argentina were generously supported by the National Geographic Society (Grant 8139-06). Last but certainly not least, I thank Fernando O. Zuloaga and Raul E. Pozner for the advice on the manuscript.

Original recibido el 2 de septiembre de 2010, aceptado el 30 de noviembre de 2010.


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