Tibetan Rock-Cress
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Tibetan Rock-Cress
B Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Tibetan Rock-Cress
Botanical name: Crucihimalaya tibetica    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Arabis tibetica, Arabidopsis tibetica, Arabis thomsonii

Tibetan Rock-Cress is a perennial herb, 10-20 cm tall, usually much branched from the base, somewhat spreading or erect, often densely hairy, rarely almost hairless. Rosette leaves 1-4 cm long, 3-10 mm broad, spoon-shaped to inverted-lanceshaped, wavy-toothed to almost entire, shortly stalked to stalkless, usually densely velvet-hairy, tip usually blunt or rounded; stem leaves oblong-obovate to linear, 0.8-2 cm long, 2-4 mm broad, toothed, lobed to entire. Flowers are borne in 15-20-flowered racemes, up to 10 cm long in fruit. Flowers are 5-6 mm across, white, rarely pinkish, sometimes turning pale yellowish when dried. Petals are 5-7 mm long, sepals 3-4 mm long. Stamens 2-3.5 mm long. Flower-stalks are up to 9 mm long in fruit, rising up. Seedpods are linear, compressed, 3.5-6 cm long, 1-1.5 mm broad, pointed, straight and erect, hairless. Tibetan Rock-Cress is found in Afghanistan to Central Asia and W. Himalaya, at altitudes of 3000-4700 m. Flowering: May-July.

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

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