Streptanthus carinatus [Brassicaceae]

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Scientific Name Streptanthus carinatus ssp. carinatus USDA PLANTS Symbol STCAC
Common Name Jewelflower, Lyreleaf Jewelflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 524727
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Canyons, dry creek beds, gravelly slopes in desert environment.
Plant: Erect annual or biennial with smooth herbiage, 12 to 26 inches tall; stems branched from just above base.
Leaves: Basal leaves lyrate-pinnatifid, up to 4 inches long; upper leaves lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate and auriculate, with clasping bases.
Inflorescence: Elongated terminal racemes with multiple purple blossoms; each blossom with an urn-shaped calyx, 0.3 to 0.4 inches long with 4 lobes at the top; 4 petals are purple or whitish with purple veins, the tips of the petals emerging from the urn-shaped calyx and curling outward and downward with ruffled edges.
Bloom Period: March and April.
Fruit: Linear, narrow capsules 1.1 to 3.2 inches long, 0.1 to 0.2-inch wide.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, Flora of North America and SEINet
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