6. Arabis patens Sullivant, Amer. J. Sci. Arts. 42: 49. 1842.
Boechera patens (Sullivant) Al-Shehbaz
Biennials or, rarely, perennials; (short-lived, with caudex); usually densely hirsute (at least basally), trichomes simple (to 1 mm), sometimes mixed with stalked, forked ones. Stems simple or several from base (rosette), erect, often branched distally, (1.8-)2.5-4.5 (-5.5) dm, (hirsute at least basally). Basal leaves: petiole (0.7-)2-5 cm; blade usually ovate to oblanceolate, rarely cordate, (0.8-)1.5-3 cm × 5-17 mm, margins dentate or serrate, surfaces sparsely to densely pubescent, trichomes simple or forked. Cauline leaves (5-)8-20 (-27), (overlapping or not); blade ovate to oblong or lanceolate, (2-)3-7.5(-9) cm × (10-)13-25(-35) mm, base amplexicaul, margins usually dentate or serrate, sometimes entire, surfaces hirsute. Racemes branched. Fruiting pedicels ascending to divaricate-ascending, (7-)10-20(-24) mm, (glabrous or sparsely pubescent). Flowers: sepals oblong, 2.5-4.5 × 1-1.5 mm, lateral pair slightly saccate basally; petals white, spatulate, (5-)6-9 × 2-3.5 mm, apex obtuse; filaments 3-5 mm; anthers oblong, 0.8-1.2 mm. Fruits divaricate to erect-ascending, (not appressed to rachis), torulose, 2.2-4.6 cm × 0.8-1.2 mm; valves each with prominent midvein extending to middle or full length; ovules 16-28 per ovary; style 0.5-2 mm, (slender). Seeds narrowly winged distally, oblong, 1-1.6 × 0.6-0.8 mm; wing 0.05-0.1 mm.
Flowering Apr-May. Rocky wooded slopes, shady stream banks, limestone ledges and bluffs; 0-500 m; D.C., Ind., Ky., Md., N.C., Ohio, Pa., Tenn., Va., W.Va.