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Lepidium bidentatum var. o-waihiense

ʻĀnaunau, Kūnānā pepperwort

Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Variety is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands

Status: Vulerable

Oʻahu (Cultivated)

 

Etymology

The generic name Lepidium is derived from the Greek lepis, scale, in reference to the small, flat, scale-like fruit.

The specific epithet bidentatum is from the Latin bidentatus, double toothed, in reference to the serrated or toothed leaves.

 

The plant was used medicinally by early Hawaiians. Leaves are eaten raw or cooked and used as for medicinal purposes in other parts of Polynesia.

 

The edible leaves have a peppery smell and flavor to them and can be added to spice up green salads.

 

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Taken on November 18, 2011