Himalayan Rock-Cress
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Himalayan Rock-Cress
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Rock-Cress
Botanical name: Crucihimalaya himalaica    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Arabidopsis himalaica, Arabis himalaica, Arabis rupestre

Himalayan Rock-Cress is a biennial or perennial herb, growing up to 20-50 cm tall. It is often much branched from the base with branches rising up, usually densely hairy. Tiny lilac flowers, about 3-4 mm, are borne in a crowded cluster at the end of branches. Flowers have 4 petals, and smaller sepals. There are bracts subtending the flowers. Stem leaves are narrow- elliptic, stem-clasping, coarsely toothed. Basal leaves are often in a rosette, oblong-spoon-shaped, coarsely toothed, 2-5 cm long. Fruit is long, needle-like, 1.5-3 cm long, about 1 mm broad. Himalayan Rock-Cress is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Tibet, at altitudes of 2400-3000 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Valley of Flowers & Madhmaheshwar Valley, Uttarakhand.

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