Cochlearia tatrae

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Cochlearia tatrae
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Cochlearia
Species: C. tatrae
Binomial name
Cochlearia tatrae

Cochlearia tatrae or Tatra scurvy-grass is a flowering plant of the genus Cochlearia in the family Brassicaceae. The plant is endemic to and named after the Tatra Mountains, which in northern Slovakia and southern Poland. [1][2] [3]

The plant blooms from April to September. [3]


The species is a subnival (upper alpine dwarf scrub) and alpine plant. It is found in moist rock scree and crevices, and around springs and streams.[3]

In Poland the plant is restricted to a dozen sites in the Morskie Oko Lake area of the High Tatra Mountains, at 1,595–2,390 metres (5,233–7,841 ft) in elevation. The population is estimated at 600 individuals. [3] In Slovakia the populations are found in thirty sites, at elevations up to 2,605 metres (8,547 ft). [3] It is found on Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Mountain (Slovak: Veľký Mengusovský štít), [4] which is on the Slovak-Polish border.

Cochlearia tatrae is an IUCN Red List vulnerable species. [3]

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