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Lepidium nesophilum Hewson, Kew Bull. 45: 237 (1990); the epithet is derived from the Greek nesos (island) and -philus (loving), in reference to its occurrence on Lord Howe Is.

T: Lord Howe Is., 17 Feb. 1987, M.D.Crisp 4533 & I.R.H.Telford ; holo: CBG; iso: NSW.

Lepidium oleraceum ‘var. ?nov.’, A.N.Rodd & J.Pickard, Cunninghamia 1: 271 (1983). 

Perennial herb or subshrub, erect to decumbent, glabrous. Stem trailing to 1.5 m. Leaf lamina narrowly oblanceolate to lanceolate or elliptic, 3–12 cm long, 0.5–2 cm broad, attenuate at base, entire or serrate in upper half only with slightly larger subapical teeth, acute; upper leaf lamina linear, reduced, entire. Sepals ovate, 1.5–2 mm long, green with white margins. Petals 1.5–2.5 mm long, white. Stamens 4. Infructescence elongate; pedicels 4–10 mm long. Silicula ovate-elliptic, 3–4 mm long; apex with a very reduced wing and notch; valves keeled. Seeds ellipsoidal, c. 2 mm long. 

Lord Howe Is. A local endemic. Found on basalt rocky ledges at low elevations. 

L.H.Is.: base of W face of Mt Lidgbird, P.S.Green 1673 (A, K); S end of Lower Rd, I.R.H.Telford 10310 & I.Hutton (AD, BISH, BRI, CBG, MEL, NSW); loc. id., A.N.Rodd 3594 (NSW).


Data derived from Flora of Australia Volume 49 (1994), a product of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia