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Draba subumbellata
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Mound Draba
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Draba subumbellata

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About Mound Draba (Draba subumbellata) Draba subumbellata is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family known by several common names, including parasol draba, mound draba, and White Mountains cushion draba. This small perennial plant is native to the White Mountains which straddle the California-Nevada state line and the Inyo Mountains nearby. It lives on barren rocky scree above 3000 meters. This alpine-adapted plant forms cushion-like mats amongst the rock litter on mountain peaks. Its tiny leaves are covered in bushy hairs. At flowering small bunches of tiny buds open to reveal bright yellow petals each a few millimeters wide. The fruits are hairy, slightly inflated siliques less than a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
9075' - 13830'

Annual Precip. ?
14.7" - 37.9"

Summer Precip. ?
1.78" - 3.50"

Coldest Month ?
18.7° F - 29.2° F

Hottest Month ?
37.2° F - 51.9° F

Humidity ?
1.79 vpd - 11.42 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
White Mountains Cushion Draba, Parasol Draba

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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