|Scientific Name||Lepidium chalepensis (Cardaria chalepensis, Lepidium chalepense)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CACH42|
|Common Name||Lenspod Whitetop||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||823110|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (4300 to 10000 ft.); disturbed areas, pastures, fields, riverbanks.
Plant: Perennial 4 to 28 inches high, one or more stems, branched above; foliage densely hairy to smooth.
Leaves: Basal leaves obovate, spatulate, or ovate, 1 to 3-3/8 inches long on petioles 1/3 to 1-3/4 inches long, edges nearly entire or dentate; stem leaves obovate to oblong or lanceolate to oblanceolate, bases auriculate or saggitate and sessile, 1 to 3-2/3 inches long; surfaces smooth or with pubescent hairs.
Inflorescence: Dense, flat-topped cluster of many flowers; each with 4 green sepals, 4 white petals and 6 yellow stamens.
Bloom Period: May to June.
Fruit: Nearly round, smooth and less than 1/4-inch across, tip without notch.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Jepson eFlora, Flora of North America and SW Colorado Wildflowers.com.
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