(Alpine Pennycress)

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Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 0660/0672

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Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 3849

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Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 4498

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Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 3838

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Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 0678

Scientific Name Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca (Noccaea montana, Thlaspi montanum) USDA PLANTS Symbol NOFEG
Common Name Alpine Pennycress, Mountain Candytuft ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 823366
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (5200 to 14300 ft); rocky areas in openings, meadows and woodlands.
Plant: Erect perennial up to 10 inches tall; leafy stems.
Leaves: Rosette of basal leaves in various shapes from ovate, oblong, oblanceolate to spatulate up to 1-1/4 inches long; ovate, alternate stem leaves up to 1-inch long, clasping.
Inflorescence: White to purplish flowers in a congested or open raceme atop each stem, each flower about 1/4-inch across with yellow stamens.
Bloom Period: April to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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