Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Winter annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain & Mountains)

Look for it on granitic flatrocks, open places (fields, roadsides, woodland margins, disturbed areas), per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White / Yellowish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
4 petals
6 stamens tetradynamous (2 short, 4 long)
Flowers in terminal racemes

FRUIT:
Spring
Silique

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Brassicales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Abdra brachycarpa   FAMILY Brassicaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Draba brachycarpa   FAMILY Brassicaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 088-01-002:
Draba brachycarpa   FAMILY Brassicaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Short-fruited Draba


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_drbr_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm160311_136

March    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160311_139

March    Greenville County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_d_brachycarpa_2

March    Floyd County    GA

Little Dry Creek Natural Area

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_d_brachycarpa_0765

March    Catawba County    NC

In contrast to D. verna, this has a number of narrow leaves on its stems, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Abdra brachycarpa

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_d_brachycarpa_8140

March    Catawba County    NC

image of Abdra brachycarpa

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_d_brachycarpa_8140b

March    Catawba County    NC

Petals may be yellow or white and are rounded or notched at the tip, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Abdra brachycarpa

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_draba_brachycarpa_1

April    Catawba County    NC

Fruits are smooth, ellipsoid siliques, about 0.12" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.