Draba reptans (Lam.) Fernald
Family: Brassicaceae
Carolina whitlow-grass, common whitlow-grass
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Marcie O'Connor  
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