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Boechera stricta
Boechera stricta.  Synonym: Boechera drummondii, Arabis drummondii. (Drummond's Rockcress).
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Foothills to alpine. Woodlands, canyons. Spring, summer.
Bear Creek Trail, June 14, 2005.

This slender member of the Mustard family begins blooming early and is quite common from the foothills to alpine elevations.  Flowers range from white to pink, but, click here and you will see that they may even appear to be yellow early in their growth.  Plants continue to elongate and flower for many weeks.  Flowers are so small and the stem and leaves so slender, that this is an easily passed-by plant.    

"Boechera" is for Danish botanist, Tyge Boecher, and "drummondii" honors botanist, naturalist Thomas Drummond who first collected the seeds of this plant in the northern Rockies.  Drummond sent the seeds to England where they were sprouted and in 1829 the resultant plant was named Turritis stricta by Graham.  Gray renamed the plant Arabis drummondii in 1863, and the plant has undergone dozens of genus and specific epithet name changes since then, the latest being Al-Shehbaz's 2003, Boechera stricta.  (Click for more biographical information about Boecher.    Click for more biographical information about Drummond.)

Boechera stricta Boechera stricta
Boechera stricta.  Synonym: Boechera drummondii, Arabis drummondii. (Drummond's Rockcress).
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Foothills to alpine. Woodlands, canyons. Spring, summer.
Bear Creek Trail, June 14, 2005.

Flowers, leaves, and 2-3 inch seed pods all have a vertical stance, thus the Latin "stricta" for "upright".

Boechera stricta

 

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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