Boechera laevigata (Muhl. ex Willd.) Al-Shehbaz   (redirected from: Arabis laevigata)
Family: Brassicaceae
smooth bank-cress, smooth rock-cress
[Arabis heterophylla Nutt., Arabis laevigata (Muhl. ex Willd.) Poir., Arabis laevigata var. laevigata (Muhl. ex Willd.) Poir., Arabis lyrifolia DC., Arabis viridis var. heterophylla Harger, Turritis laevigata Muhl. ex Willd.]
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Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Arabis: a Greek word used for "mustard" or "cress," and the Greek word for Arabia, perhaps referring to the ability of these plants to grow in rocky or sandy soils (?)
Plants: erect, biennial, to 40" tall forb; smooth stems with 1 to a few branches
Leaves: upper stalkless, hairless, small with lobed base; lower leaves rounded at the top narrowing to the arrow-shaped, clasping base; sparsely toothed to toothless
Flowers: white, 4-parted, 1/4"-1/2" wide, petals equal to or 25\% longer than the sepals; inflorescence a widely-spreading, tall cluster (raceme) of stalked, drooping flowers; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: long, thin, flat, widely-spreading pod hanging somewhat downward; seeds in 1 row
Habitat: woods, hillsides
Conservation Status: Native
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Kenneth J. Sytsma  
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Merel R. Black  
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Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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Robert W. Freckmann  
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