Smelowskia americana

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Scientific Name Smelowskia americana (Smelowskia calycina var. americana) USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Fern-leaf Candytuft, American False Candytuft ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SWColorado Wildflowers Ref.
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Description Life zones and habitat: Alpine. Meadows, tundra. rocky areas.
Plant: Small, dense, clustered perennial, one to several stems usually erect, 2 to 8 inches tall at high elevations.
Leaves: Oblanceolate to ovate in outline, pinnatifid lobes, somewhat hairy leaves; basal leaves to less than 1-1/2 inches long, stem leaves smaller.
Inflorescence: Clusters (racemes) with many small flowers about 1/4-inch across, 4 sepals, 4 white to lavender petals and 6 stamens.
References: Descr. adapted from and "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams.
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