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Grapevine Canyon - SS

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Arabis perennans - perennial rockcress

Synonyms: Boechera perennans, Arabis angulata, Arabis arcuata, Arabis eremophila
Other Common Names: stiffarm rock cress
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Brassicaceae

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Grapevine Canyon
Basal leaves
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Plant - spring
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Young plant - spring
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Seed pods
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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Has multiple branched stems colorful small flowers above hairy basel leaves.
Identification notes: IdNotes
Height: 2 feet


Habitat Description: Hot canyons and lower mountain slopes.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 2000 - 8000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pink to purplish     Shape: Regular in clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Feb - Oct
Description: Has 4 petals in the shape of a cross with dark veins to 1/4 inch long and 1/2 inch wide. Appears in loose terminal cluster.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Basal and alternate     Leaves Clasp: Y
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Primarily basal. Basel leaves are hairy and spatula-shaped to 3 inches long with toothed margins. Leaves on the lower stems are clasping, narrow and strap-like and may not be toothed or hairy.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Pod
Fruit Notes: Widely spreading, 2 inch long and slender pods are held horizontally on the stems. Pod has 2 compartments.
Seed Notes: Seed is round.

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