Cusickiella

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Cusickiella
Cusickiella douglasii.jpg
Cusickiella douglasii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Cusickiella
Rollins
Species

2 - see text

Cusickiella is a small genus containing two species of plants in the mustard family which are native to the western United States.[1] These are mat-forming perennials with a stumpy, branching caudex covered in rounded clusters of tiny, thick leaves. A short stem bears white or yellowish flowers that yield silicles.[1]

The alkali cusickiella,[2] Cusickiella douglasii, grows in the hills and mountains from California to Washington, Idaho, and Utah.[1] It has white flowers and usually larger leaves, up to 14 millimeters long.[3]

The Bodie Hills cusickiella, Cusickiella quadricostata, has a more limited distribution in eastern California and western Nevada.[4] It can be distinguished from its congener by its yellow flowers, leaves no more than 5 millimeters long, and a keel along the valves on the silicle.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cusickiella douglasii. The Jepson eFlora 2013.
  2. ^ Cusickiella douglasii. Calflora 2013.
  3. ^ a b Cusickiella. Flora of North America.
  4. ^ Cusickiella quadricostata. The Jepson eFlora 2013.

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