Lyre-leaf Rockcress - Arabidopsis lyrata
Arabis lyrata, Arabis kamchatica
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Known from one 1952 collection near Mount Brown in Glacier National Park.
Lyre-leaf Rockcress is a short-lived perennial with 1 to several simple or branched stems, which are 1-3 dm high and arise from a simple or branched rootcrown. The mostly basal leaves, which are 1-6 cm long, have lobed, broadly lance-shaped blades narrowed to a petiole of equal length. The alternate stem leaves are sessile and few-lobed. Foliage is sparsely covered with long, stiff hairs. 3-20 erect, stalked flowers are borne in a compact inflorescence that expands as the fruits mature. Each flower has 4 glabrous sepals which are ca. 3 mm long, 4 white petals which are 5-8 mm long, 4 long stamens, and 2 short stamens. The glabrous, slightly compressed, linear capsules (siliques) are 2-4 cm long, ca. 1 mm wide, and are held erect.
Flowering and possibly fruiting in May.
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Montane and lower subalpine sites. Exact habitat preferences in Montana uncertain.
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.