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Reed C. Rollins, except as specified

Annual to subshrub
Leaves generally basal and cauline, alternate, generally simple; stipules 0
Inflorescence: generally raceme
Flower bisexual; sepals 4, free; petals (0)4, free, generally white or yellow, often clawed; stamens generally (2,4)6, generally 4 long, 2 short; ovary 1, superior, chambers generally 2, septum membranous, connecting 2 parietal placentas, style 1, stigma simple or 2-lobed
Fruit: generally capsule ("silique") with 2 deciduous valves, sometimes breaking transversely or indehiscent
Seeds 1–many per chamber
Genera in family: 300+ genera, 3000+ species: worldwide, especially cool regions; some cultivated for food (especially Brassica, Raphanus ) and ornamental
Recent taxonomic note: Recently treated to include Capparaceae [Rodman et al. 1993 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 80:686–699; Rollins 1993 Cruciferae of Continental North America. Stanford Univ Press]
Family description, key to genera by Robert A. Price.



Biennial, perennial herb; base woody or not; hairs 0 to dense, simple, forked, stellate, or multibranched; caudex branched or not
Stem branched or not, cylindric, leafy
Leaves: basal petioled, entire or dentate; cauline generally sessile, entire or dentate, base often lobed, often clasping stem
Inflorescence: bracts 0
Flower erect to reflexed; sepals erect; petals spoon-shaped to oblong and narrowed at base or narrowly obovate, white to deep purple, rarely straw-colored
Fruit erect to reflexed, linear, straight to curved, flat parallel to septum, rarely ± cylindric
Seeds ± many, generally 1 row per chamber, flat or plump, winged or not; embryonic root at edges of both cotyledons
Species in genus: ± 120 species: temp North America, Eurasia, Africa
Etymology: (Latin: of Arabia)


A. lemmonii S. Watson

Perennial; caudex branched; hairs multibranched, minute
Stems several–many, simple, generally prostrate or decumbent, 6–20 cm, slender, hairy or generally glabrous above
Leaves: basal 1–2 cm, entire or few-toothed, hairs dense, tip generally acute; cauline sessile, 4–10 mm, oblong-lanceolate to ± ovate, hairy or not, base lobed, generally clasping stem
Flower: petals pink to purplish
Fruit 2–4 cm, glabrous; pedicel 2–4(6) mm, glabrous or not; style ± 0
Seed round; wing narrow
Ecology: Rocky to gravelly soils
Elevation: 2400–4300 m.
Bioregional distribution: Cascade Range, High Sierra Nevada, East of Sierra Nevada
Distribution outside California: to Yukon, Colorado
4 vars. total.


var. depauperata (A. Nelson & P.B. Kenn.) Rollins

Leaves: base narrowly oblanceolate to lanceolate
Inflorescence in fruit not 1-sided
Fruit ascending to ± spreading
Ecology: Talus, rocky slopes, gravelly soils
Elevation: 2400–4300 m.
Bioregional distribution: High Sierra Nevada, East of Sierra Nevada
Distribution outside California: Nevada
Flowering time: Jul–Aug
Synonyms: A. d. A. Nelson & P.B. Kenn

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