Hesperidanthus linearifolius [Brassicaceae]

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Scientific Name Hesperidanthus linearifolius (Schoenocrambe linearifolia) USDA PLANTS Symbol SCLI2
Common Name Slimleaf Plainsmustard ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 514669
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Open woods, dry hillsides, mixed conifer forests, arroyos, canyons, rocky ridges, limestone ledges, sandstone crevices; higher elevations (4500-9500 ft).
Plant: Slender perennial 12 to 40 inches tall. Single or multiple smooth stems.
Leaves: First-year plants with basal rosette, petiolate, oblanceolate 2 to 4 inches long, early-deciduous; lower stem leaves oblanceolate, linear above, mostly entire or slightly toothed edges.
Inflorescence: A few large, showy blossoms in racemes at branch tips; 4 purplish sepals; 4 petals forming a cross, each 3/8 to 3/4 inch long, lavender to purple with darker veins, with an obovate blade and slender claw.
Bloom period: April to October.
Reference: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, and SEINet.
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