Forest Whitlow Grass
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Forest Whitlow Grass
A Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Forest Whitlow Grass, Yellow Whitlow-grass
Botanical name: Draba nemorosa    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Draba lutea, Draba muralis, Draba pontica, Draba gracilis

Forest Whitlow Grass is an annual herb, 5-25 cm tall, erect, simple or branched mostly from the base, leafy. Flowers are borne in many flowered racemes, bractless, up to 25 cm long in fruit. Flowers are about 2 mm across, pale yellow; flower-stalks 5-10 mm long, increasing up to 2.5 cm in fruit, thread-like, spreading. Petals are about 2 mm long, tip somewhat-notched. Stamens about 1.5: 1.7 mm long. Sepals are about 1.5 mm long. Basal leaves are in a rosette, oblong-obovate, 0.8-3.5 cm long, 0.3-1.5 cm broad, blunt, remotely toothed to almost entire, stalkless. Stem leaves are absent or few, distant, oblong-ovate, 5-25 mm long, 2.5-12 mm broad, stalkless, pointed, 3-6-toothed. All leaves are hairy with simple and branched hairs. Seedpods are oblong-elliptic, 5-8 mm long, 2-2.5 mm broad, hairy; seeds 10-18 in each cell. Forest Whitlow Grassis found in Subarctic and Temperate Northern Hemisphere, including Western Himalaya, near sea level to 4800 m above. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh.

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