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Draba aubrietoides Jafri in Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edin. 22:106. 1956. R.R. Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vas. Pl. W. Pak. & Kash. 308.1972.

Draba aubrietoides

Credit: Shaukat & Azmat

Biennial or perennial, leafy, procumbent or suberect herb, 15-20 cm long in fruit, clothed with minute, branched hairs. Leaves many, elliptic-obovate or oblong-elliptic, 10-25 mm long, 3-7 mm broad, narrowed below, sessile, apex rounded or obtuse, usually entire (rarely 1-3-subdentate), pubescent. Infructescence 8-16-fruited, lax, up to 15 cm long in fruit. Flowers not seen. Pedicel 10-27 mm long in fruit, ascending, often upcurved, usually glabrous. Fruits linear, often variously curved, compressed, 12-25 mm long, c. 2.5 mm broad, glabrous; valves membranous with a distinct mid-vein and obscure reticulation; style c. 1 mm long with short, depressed stigma; septum with an obscure mid-vein; seeds usually 4-6 in each locule, c. 1.5 mm long, oblong, margin slightly winged.

Fl. Per.: April-June.

Type: Kashmir, Kishenganga valley, Sharda, 1800 m, damp cliffs, 20.7.39, R.R. Stewart 17760 (K, RAW).

Distribution: Endemic to Kashmir.

A shade loving species in damp habitats. It seems to have replaced D. gracillima Hook.f. & Thoms. in Kashmir (or N.W. Himalaya) which is primarily C. and E. Himalayan.


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