Lepidium ruderale

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCruciferaeLepidiumLepidium ruderale

Ecology

An annual, or rarely biennial, herb of banks and bare waste land near the sea, and of salted road verges. It is also frequent as a casual of roadsides, rubbish tips, gardens and waste places. Lowland.

Status

Archaeophyte

World Distribution

As an archaeophyte L. ruderale has a Eurosiberian Temperate distribution; it is widely naturalised outside this range.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.9

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16

Annual Precipitation (mm): 757

Life form information

Height (cm): 40

Perennation - primary

Annual

Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 545

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 7

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 4

Atlas Change Index: -0.04

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000002831

PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Atlas (37d)
'Maritime' plants of roads in Cambridgeshire (v.c. 29),
Coombe, D. E.
, Nature in Cambridgeshire, Volume 36, p.37-60, (1994)

Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
Hultén, E., and Fries M.
, Königstein, (1986)

Jalas & Suominen (1996)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
Meusel, H., Jäger E., and Weinert E.
, Jena, (1965)

Crucifers of Great Britain and Ireland. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 6,
Rich, T. C. G.
, London, (1991)