Alpine Penny-Cress
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Alpine Penny-Cress
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Alpine Penny-Cress
Botanical name: Noccaea cochleariformis    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Thlaspi cochleariforme, Draba himalayensis, Noccaea exauriculata

Alpine Penny-Cress is a perennial herb up to 25 cm tall, branched from base; basal leaves spoon-shaped to oblong-obovate, up to 5 cm long, short-stalked, stem-leaves ovate-cordate, stem-clasping, 0.8-2 cm long, entire. Flowers are white, 4-5 mm n diameter, in up to 12 cm long raceme, Flower-stalks are up to 8 mm in fruit; petals with slightly notched tip, 5-7 mm long, twice as long as sepals; silicula 5-10 mm long, 2.5-3.5 mm broad, oblong-obheart-shaped, slightly winged at tip. Alpine Penny-Cress is native to E. Europe to Russian Far East and Himalaya. Flowering: April-August.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kashmir.

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