Smelowskia ovalis

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Smelowskia ovalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Smelowskia
Species: S. ovalis
Binomial name
Smelowskia ovalis

Smelowskia ovalis is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family known by the common name alpine false candytuft.[1] It is native to western North America from British Columbia to northern California, occurring mostly in the Cascade Range. It is a plant of alpine climates, growing in high mountain habitat such as talus and fellfields. It is clumpy in shape, producing several hairy stems growing erect to a maximum height around 18 centimeters. The densely hairy leaves are divided into several oval leaflets. The longest leaves are arranged around the base of the plant, and a few smaller ones occur farther up the stems. The inflorescence is a dense, spherical raceme of flowers that elongates as the fruits develop. The flowers have white or pink-tinged petals each a few millimeters long. The fruit is a short silique.


  1. ^ "Smelowskia ovalis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 

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