Elegant Musk-Mustard
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Elegant Musk-Mustard
P Native Photo: Nongthombam Ullysess
Common name: Elegant Musk-Mustard, Sand Musk-Mustard
Botanical name: Chorispora sabulosa    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Chorispora elegans, Chorispermum elegans

Elegant Musk-Mustard is a small rosette-forming perennial herb 5-25 cm long, with narrow shallowly pinnately-lobed or almost entire leaves and slender stems bearing 10-25-flowered racemes of pink, violet or white flowers. Flowers are about 1.5 cm across; petals 6-10 mm, shallowly notched; sepals half as long. Leaves are 2-6 cm, inverted-lanceshaped in outline with a rounded at branch-ends lobe and short or long blunt lateral lobes, or almost entire, glandular-hairy. Fruit is 1.5 cm, glandular-hairy, constricted between seeds; style prominent. Elegant Musk-Mustard is found in Central Asia to W. Himalaya, at altitudes of 3300-5000 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Bara-Lacha, Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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