Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable as Lepidium pseudopapillosum
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Lepidium pseudopapillosum (Erect Pepper-cress) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008el) [Conservation Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, included on the Not Commenced List (1/11/2009).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument] as Lepidium pseudopapillosum.
State Government
    Documents and Websites
NSW:Formbe Peppercress - profile (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2005gw) [Internet].
NSW:Recovery Plan for the "lost" threatened flora of south-eastern NSW: Baeuerlen's Gentian (Gentiana baeuerlenii), Elusive Bush-pea (Pultenaea parrisiae subsp. elusa), Elusive Cress (Irenepharsus magicus), etc (NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW NPWS), 2001h) [State Recovery Plan].
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Endangered (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): August 2014 list) as Lepidium pseudopapillosum
SA: Listed as Endangered (National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (South Australia): June 2011 list) as Lepidium pseudopapillosum
VIC: Listed as Threatened (Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (Victoria): May 2014 list) as Lepidium pseudopapillosum
Non-statutory Listing Status
VIC: Listed as Endangered (Advisory List of Rare or Threatened Plants in Victoria: 2005)
Scientific name Lepidium pseudopapillosum [11548]
Family Brassicaceae:Capparales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author Thell.
Infraspecies author  
Reference Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zurich 61: 462 (1916).
Other names Lepidium pseudo-papillosum [67300]
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

The Erect Pepper-cress is an small, perennial shrub, growing to 15 cm tall (Hewson 1982).

The Erect Pepper-cress occurs near Mt Lyndhurst in the Flinders Ranges of SA and near Borung in the northern plains of Victoria (Hewson 1982b). In Victoria it only occurs in two areas: near Bendigo in the Whipstick State Park area and an area to the north-west of Horsham, where there are a couple of populations with 500 to 1000 plants each. The total population for Victoria is between 2000 and 5000 plants (N.H. Scarlett et al. 2000, pers. comm.).

The records from the ACT are being described as a new species Lepidium ginninderrense. The record from Mt Brown in SA is also a different species (SA Herbarium 2000, pers. comm.; Vic. Workshop Participants 2000, pers. comm.).

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Loss and/or fragmentation of habitat and/or subpopulations Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Lepidium pseudopapillosum (Erect Pepper-cress) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008el) [Conservation Advice].
Ecosystem/Community Stresses:Indirect Ecosystem Effects:Restricted geographical distribution (area of occupancy and extent of occurrence) Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Lepidium pseudopapillosum (Erect Pepper-cress) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008el) [Conservation Advice].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low numbers of individuals Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Lepidium pseudopapillosum (Erect Pepper-cress) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008el) [Conservation Advice].

Hewson, H.J. (1982b). Brassicaceae. In: Flora of Australia. 8:231-357. Canberra: AGPS.

Hewson, H.J. (1982c). The genus Lepidium L. (Brassicaceae) in Australia. In: Brunonia. 4{2}. Melbourne: CSIRO.

Staff of the South Australian State Herbarium (2000). Personal Communication.

Victorian Workshop Participants (2000). Personal communication.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Lepidium pseudopapillosum in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:37:49 +1000.