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Boechera lemmonii
Boechera lemmonii

Boechera lemmonii (Lemmon's Rockcress)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
Alpine. Tundra. Summer.
Stony Pass, Colorado Trail, July 22, 2012.

Boechera lemmonii has lovely, delicate lavender-blue flowers atop stems that are often long and sprawling. The plant is found in the alpine zone (rarely in exposed subalpine) and begins growing soon after snows have melted. Flowering occurs weeks later and seed pods soon follow.  

"Boechera" is for Danish botanist, Tyge Boecher and "Lemmonii" is for American southwest botanist J. G. Lemmon. (More biographical information about Boecher.    More biographical information about Lemmon.)

  Boechera lemmonii
Boechera lemmonii (Lemmon's Rockcress)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
Alpine. Tundra. Summer.
Stony Pass, Colorado Trail, July 22, 2012.

 

 

Boechera lemmonii

Boechera lemmonii

Boechera lemmonii  (Lemmon's Rockcress) 
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
Alpine. Tundra. Summer.
Stony Pass, Colorado Trail, July 22, 2012.

Basal leaves are numerous, clustered, spatulate to oblanceolate, and hairy, but as the second photograph at left shows, stem leaves are quite different: they are few in number, usually ovate, sessile, and clasping the stem.

  Boechera lemmonii
Boechera lemmonii  (Lemmon's Rockcress)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
Alpine. Tundra. Summer.
Stony Pass, Colorado Trail, July 22, 2012.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Boechera lemonii

Range map for Boechera lemmonii