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Slender Draba
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About Slender Draba (Draba albertina) Draba albertina is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family known as slender draba or slender whitlow-grass. This plant is native to western North America, where it grows at high elevations from Arizona to Alaska and northern Canada. Like many species of Draba, it can grow in alpine and Arctic climates. This is a biennial or short-lived perennial with a single stem or several branching stems which may be very short or up to 40 centimeters in height. The appearance of the plant varies depending on the climate it endures. The leaves are up to 4 centimeters long, roughly hairy, and mostly basal. The stem bears an inflorescence of up to about 30 small yellow flowers. The fruit is a silique up to two centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.3 ft (0.4 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1779' - 12913'

Annual Precip. ?
11.1" - 99.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.52" - 3.52"

Coldest Month ?
18.6° F - 46.7° F

Hottest Month ?
38.8° F - 72.6° F

Humidity ?
0.82 vpd - 21.87 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Slender Whitlow-grass

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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