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

Stem-Clasping Rock-Cress is a 20-70 cm tall erect perennial with a cluster of small white flowers at the top of the stem, and with usually a large basal rosette of bristly-haired leaves. Flowers are 8-10 mm across, borne on spreading hairless stalks; petals 7-10 mm long; sepals with white margins. Stern leaves are elliptic to lanceshaped, sparsely toothed, stem-clasping. Rosette leaves are inverted-lanceshaped, stalked, often toothed, 5-15 cm, bristly-haired. Fruits are linear, 3-6 cm, hairless, borne on spreading or horizontal stalks. Stem-Clasping Rock-Cress is found in Afghanistan, Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal, Bhutan and NE India, at altitudes of 1800-3200 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kalatope Wildlife Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh & Shirui hill, Manipur.

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