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BRASSICACEAE (Cruciferae) MUSTARD FAMILY

Ihsan A. Al-Shehbaz, except as noted

Annual to shrub; sap pungent, watery. Leaf: generally simple, alternate; generally both basal, cauline; stipules 0. Inflorescence: generally raceme, generally not bracted. Flower: bisexual, generally radial; sepals 4, generally free; petals (0)4, forming a cross, generally white or yellow to purple; stamens generally 6 (2 or 4), 4 long, 2 short (3 pairs of unequal length); ovary 1, superior, generally 2-chambered with septum connecting 2 parietal placentas; style 1, stigma entire or 2-lobed. Fruit: capsule, generally 2-valved, "silique" (length >= 3 × width) or "silicle" (length < 3 × width), dehiscent by 2 valves or indehiscent, cylindric or flat parallel or perpendicular to septum, segmented or not. Seed: 1–many, in 1 or 2 rows per chamber, winged or wingless; embryo strongly curved.
± 330 genera, 3780 species: worldwide, especially temperate. [Al-Shehbaz et al. 2006 Plant Syst Evol 259:89–120] Highest diversity in Mediterranean area, mountains of southwestern Asia, adjacent central Asia, western North America; some Brassica species are oil or vegetable crops; Arabidopsis thaliana used in experimental molecular biology; many species are ornamentals, weeds. Aurinia saxatilis (L.) Desvaux in cultivation only. Aubrieta occasional waif in central North Coast Ranges, Carrichtera annua (L.) DC. in South Coast, Iberis sempervirens L., Iberis umbellata L. in Peninsular Ranges, Teesdalia coronopifolia (Bergeret) Thell., Teesdalia nudicaulis (L.) W.T. Aiton in southern Outer North Coast Ranges, Central Coast. Cardaria, Coronopus moved to Lepidium; Caulostramina to Hesperidanthus; Guillenia to Caulanthus; Heterodraba to Athysanus; California taxa of Lesquerella to Physaria; Malcolmia africana to Strigosella. —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.

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CUSICKIELLA
Perennial herb, low-cespitose, cushion-like; caudex woody, many-branched; hairs simple or mixed with stalked forked or ± many-branched hairs. Stem: scapose, erect, leaves 0–few. Leaf: basal rosetted at tip of caudex branches, sessile, entire, thickened at base; cauline few or 0, bases not lobed. Inflorescence: ± elongated; bracts 0–few. Flower: sepals erect or ascending, base not sac-like; petals white to pale yellow. Fruit: silicle, sessile, ovoid to ellipsoid, dehiscent, unsegmented; valves rounded or keeled, glabrous or hairy; stigma entire. Seed: 1–4, plump, ± ovoid to oblong; wing 0.
2 species: western United States. (W.C. Cusick, Oregon plant collector, 1842–1922) [Rollins 1988 J Jap Bot 63:65–69]

Key to Cusickiella

C. douglasii (A. Gray) Rollins
NATIVE
Crisped-hairy. Stem: 1–5 cm. Leaf: oblanceolate to oblong, thick, leathery, margin ciliate; cauline 0. Flower: sepals 2.5–4 mm; petals 3.5–6 mm. Fruit: (2)3–5.5(7) mm, ovoid to ellipsoid; style (0.5)1–2(2.5) mm; pedicel spreading to ascending, 2–6(8) mm. Seed: 2–3 mm, ovoid to oblong.
Rocky ridges, scree, loose volcanic slopes; 1500–2500 m. Klamath Ranges, North Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada, San Bernardino Mountains, Great Basin Floristic Province; to Washington, Idaho, Utah. May–Jun [Online Interchange]
Unabridged synonyms: [Draba douglasii A. Gray var. crockeri (Lemmon) C.L. Hitchc.]

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Oct 1 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Cusickiella, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=21477, accessed on Oct 1 2014

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