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Smelowskia calycina (Alpine smelowskia)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Smelowskia calycina

Smelowskia calycina (Stephan ex Willd.) C.A. Mey.

Alpine Smelowskia, Western Smelowskia

Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

A gray matted plant with white or purplish flowers in dense racemes held well above thick clusters of basal leaves.

The genus name honors T. Smielowski, an 18th-century Russian botanist. Alpine Smelowskia (S. ovalis), with pods 1/8-1/4 inches (3-6 mm) long and petioles lacking stiff hairs, occurs in the mountains of central Washington south to central Oregon


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Western Canada south in mountains to Washington, northern Nevada, Utah, and central Colorado.
Native Habitat: Dry open slopes at high elevations.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Smelowskia calycina in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Smelowskia calycina in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Smelowskia calycina


Record Modified: 2013-07-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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