Draba reptans (Lam.) Fernald  
Family: Brassicaceae
Carolina whitlow-grass, common whitlow-grass
[Draba caroliniana Walter, Draba caroliniana f. stellifera Walter, Draba micrantha Nutt., Draba reptans f. micrantha (Lam.) Fernald, Draba reptans f. reptans (Lam.) Fernald, Draba reptans subsp. stellifera (Lam.) Fernald, Draba reptans var. micrantha (Lam.) Fernald, Draba reptans var. reptans (Lam.) Fernald, Draba reptans var. stellifera (Lam.) Fernald, Draba reptans var. typica (Lam.) Fernald]
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Etymology: Draba: from Greek drabe for "sharp" or "acrid" and referring to the burning taste of the leaves which supposedly had a medicinal value as a poultice
Plants: erect, annual, 2"-10" tall forb, stem single or branched at the base
Leaves: basal leaves rounded at the tip, narrowing toward the base, blunt, toothless, hairy; a few stem leaves mostly near the base
Flowers: white, 4-parted, 1/3" wide, petals rounded at the tip; inflorescence a dense cluster (raceme) of smooth-stalked flowers; blooms April-May
Fruits: elongated pod, erect or pointing upward on stalks usually 1/3 to 1/2 as long as the pod
Habitat: disturbed sites, prairies; in rocky, sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native
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Arthur Meeks  
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Hugh H. Iltis  
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