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Draba asterophora
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Lake Tahoe Draba
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Draba asterophora

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About Lake Tahoe Draba (Draba asterophora) Draba asterophora is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family known by the common name Lake Tahoe draba. It is native to the High Sierra Nevada of California and western Nevada around the Lake Tahoe area. It is a squat perennial herb which forms small mats in rocky habitat in the alpine climate of the high mountains. It forms a basal patch of thick, hairy oval leaves up to 1. 5 centimeters long. A small, erect inflorescence arises from the patch bearing several yellow mustardlike flowers. The fruit is a flat, wavy silique which is oval in shape, somewhat membranous, and up to 1. 5 centimeters long. It contains several flat, round seeds with wide wings along the edges.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
6425' - 12259'

Annual Precip. ?
26.2" - 74.2"

Summer Precip. ?
1.30" - 2.63"

Coldest Month ?
20.0° F - 31.9° F

Hottest Month ?
41.0° F - 58.7° F

Humidity ?
0.93 vpd - 14.98 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

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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