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Stem-Clasping Rock-Cress   
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Stem-Clasping Rock-Cress
ative Photo: Alok Mahendroo
Common name: Stem-Clasping Rock-Cress
Botanical name: Arabis amplexicaulis    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Arabis kanawarensis,

Stem-Clasping Rock-Cress is perennial, 20-70 cm tall, erect, usually with a single hairy flowering stem. Basal leaves are in a rosette, often large, 5-15 cm long, 1-3 cm broad, obovate-oblong or inverted-lanceshaped, stalked, often toothed with short obtuse teeth, rarely wavy-toothed, tip rounded or blunt. Stem-leaves are distant, stalkless, ovate to ovate-oblong, 1.5-4 cm long, 0.5-3 cm broad, stem-clasping, bases often apparently slightly eared, slightly toothed to entire. All leaves are hispid with branched or forked hairs. Flowers are borne in a 20-40-flowered raceme, up to 25 cm long in fruit. Flowers are 8-10 mm across, white, flower-stalks up to 1.5 cm long, spreading, hairless. Sepals are 4-6 mm long. Petals are 7-10 mm long, 2-3.5 mm broad. Seed-pods are 3-6 cm long, 1-1.5 mm broad, linear compressed, usually spreading on horizontal stalks, pointed, hairless. Stem-Clasping Rock-Cress is found in Afghanistan, Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal, Bhutan, at altitudes of 1800-3200 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh.
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