Draba aurea

(Golden Draba)


Draba aurea, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 3642


Draba aurea, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit County 5267


Draba aurea, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 3648

Scientific Name Draba aurea USDA PLANTS Symbol DRAU
Common Name Golden Draba ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 22863
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (8200 to 13500 ft.); meadows, slopes, open woods.
Plant: Erect perennial 2 to 14 inches tall; hairy, leafy stem.
Leaves: Basal leaves petiolate, in rosette, thick, oblanceolate to obovate or spatulate, 3/8 to 1-1/2 inches long; stem leaves sessile, ovate to oblong.
Inflorescence: Dense racemes of many (18 to 50+) 4-petaled, bright yellow flowers with greenish sepals.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and SEINet.
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