Brassicaceae
Draba crassifolia

Thick-Leaved Draba

Erect stems from rosette of leaves. Stems leafless. Leaves spoon-shaped to widely oval, thick like a succulent, 1/3–1 in. long, hairless on upper side, with a few simple or forked hairs below. Flowers yellow fading to white, in clusters of 3–20 atop stem. Seedpods lance-shaped, to 1/2 in. long, hairless, on short stalks. Grows in talus, dry meadows, in subalpine or alpine, including Malheur National Forest. Similar D. albertina has stems branched at leaf axils with hairs near bottom coarse and forked. Basal leaves small, to 1 1/2 in., oblong to egg-shaped, some with tiny teeth; stem leaves few or none. Flowers on upper stem not clustered, 35 or fewer. Grows in moist meadows, steam banks, rock crevices or gravelly places, at high elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual, Biennial, Perennial
  • Height: 2--8 inches
  • Habitat: Alpine, Subalpine
  • Found In: Wallowas, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes