Mountain Whitlow Grass
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Mountain Whitlow Grass
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Mountain Whitlow Grass
Botanical name: Draba oreades    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Draba alpicola, Draba rockii, Draba tianschanica

Mountain Whitlow Grass is a tiny often mat-forming perennial herb, with rosettes of leaves and for leafless stems bearing a dense rounded cluster, about 1 cm across, of small bright yellow to yellow-white flowers. Flowers are about 4 mm across, petals about 4 mm. Sepals are half as long as the petals. Leaves are variable, mostly 5-10 mm long, lanceshaped to obovate with bristly hairs. Stems are 2-5 cm in fruit. Fruit is ovate, 4-5 mm, usually hairless. Mountain Whitlow Grass is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 3000-5000 m. It is common in Ladakh. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Pangong Lake, Ladakh.
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