Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Carolina Whitlow Grass - Draba reptans

This winter annual could win ribbons at the fair in the smallness category. This is a mature plant and represents a typical size. Those logs laying beside it are actually small grass stems.

A leafy central stalk is typical for this plant.

It's not unusual for each plant to bear just a single flower . The Draba cuneifolia in the lower center, a tiny plant in its own right, dwarfs the even tinier Draba reptans. These two species are often found growing in the same site.

Draba reptans is currently at the tiny rosette stage, but will be blooming within the next couple of weeks. Watch for it in open rocky sites in Southern Ohio.
Photos taken April 16, 2008 in Adams County, Ohio.

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