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Arabidopsis mollissima (C. Meyer) N. Busch, Fl. Sib. & Or. Extr. 1: 136. 1913. Sisymbrium mollissimum C. Meyer in Ledeb., Fl. Alt. 3: 140. 1831; Hook. f. & T. Anderson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 39.1872. S. thomsonii Hook. f. in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 5: 161. 1861.


Herbs, biennial or perennial, 7 - 45 cm high, erect, simple or branched, glabrous or hairy. Basal leaves rosulate, spathulate or oblong-obovate, 2.5 - 5 x 0.5 - 1.5 cm, entire or toothed, obtuse; cauline leaves lanceolate or oblong-ovate, entire or shallowly dentate, 0.8 - x 0.3 - 0.4 cm, sessile, auricled at base, amplexicaul, densely pubescent or canescent. Racemes 15 - 35-flowered, up to 15 cm long in fruit, ebracteate, rarely bracteate at base only. Flowers ca 4 mm across, white or pinkish; pedicels spreading, filiform, 1 - 1.5 cm long. Sepals ca 2 mm long. Petals ca 4 mm long, ca 1 mm broad. Stamens ca 2 mm long. Fruits usually erect, 2.5 - 5 cm long; valves convex, glabrous. Seeds 20 - 40 in each locule.

Fl. & Fr. May - July.

Distrib. India: On north facing slopes of Himalayas, 3000 - 4000 m. Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Sikkim.

Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, C. Asia, Russia (Siberia) and W. China (Tibet).




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