The Tortoise Club

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Lepidium sp.

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Lepidium is a genus of plants in the mustard/cabbage family, Brassicaceae. The genus is widely distributed in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. It includes familiar species such as garden cress, maca, and dittander. General common names include peppercress, peppergrass, pepperweed, and pepperwort. This plant is considered edible by most standards, but is a brassica and may contain goitrogens, so feed it sparingly.