Draba lactea

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Draba lactea
Whitlowgrass-3.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Draba
Species: D. lactea
Binomial name
Draba lactea
Adams
A Draba lactea inflorescence
Draba lactea: habit

Draba lactea (Lapland whitlow-grass or milky whitlow-grass) is a flower common throughout the high Arctic. It stretches further south in mountainous areas of Norway and Canada.

The plant is 2-5 cm tall, and caespitose. The flower stems are glabrous. The leaves have stellate hairs on the surface and simple hairs at the margins. The flowers are pure white, and many flowers on each stem.

The Draba species are found on dry as well as moist localities. Most of the species have a circumpolar distribution, but there is considerable variation within this group.

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