*Lepidium africanum

Family Brassicaceae

Short-lived herb to 70 cm high. Longevity 2 - 3 years.

Flowers: Tiny with petals only 0.8 mm long.

Fruit: Dehiscent pod 2 - 3 mm long with small seeds, April – December.

Seed: Small with no specialised dispersal mechanism.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Africa
  • Weed in woodland, roadside and wasteland.
  • Occasional and minor weed at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Lepidium africanum plant

Lepidium africanum flower

Lepidium africanum fruit