Arabis eschscholtziana

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Common Name Hairy rockcress

Abbreviation Code: ARHI

First overview block: Scientific Name, Synonyms, Family, English Names, Other Names

ARHI RodGilbert flw good.jpg


  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • (unranked): Angiosperms
  • (unranked): Eudicots
  • (unranked): Rosids
  • Order: Brassicales
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Genus: Arabis
  • Species: A. hirsuta


General: Biennial from a simple crown and strong taproot, the 1-several simple stems 1.5-10 dm. tall, pubescent at the base with stiff, simple hairs, becoming glabrous above.

Leaves: Leaves mainly cauline, the basal oblanceolate, 2-8 cm. long, narrowed to short, winged petioles, mostly glabrous on the upper surface, the lower surface purplish, pubescent with stiff, simple hairs; cauline leaves alternate, 5-15, remote to overlapping, sessile and auriculate, ovate-lanceolate to narrowly lance-elliptic, 2-12 cm. long and up to 3 cm. broad, pubescent as the basal leaves or the upper glabrous.

Flowers: Inflorescence of many-flowered, simple to compound racemes; pedicels 6-9 mm. long; sepals 4, 3-5 mm. long, glabrous, the outer 2 gibbous-based; petals 4, white to cream or pinkish, 4-9 mm. long; stamens 6; style 0.5-1 mm. long. Fruit: Siliques glabrous, 3-8 cm. long and 1-2 mm. broad, 1-nerved, strictly erect; seeds in 1 series, 1.5-2 mm. long, wingless or with a wing up to 0.3 mm. broad.

Bloom Period

April - July


Circumpolar; in North America, south to California and New Mexico.

Moist to dry, usually calcareous, open situations: open woods, stream banks, ledges, cliffs, bluffs, and floodplains. It occurs frequently in disturbed habitats. Dunes and dry banks, rocky/chalk, limestone slopes and gravelly native prairie. Plants seem to be more abundant where grazing is light.




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FloweringTime April - June


Arabis hirsuta

Seed sample from: 2011

Average Measurement: 1.6 x 0.9 x 0.2

Measurement Range: L: 1.3 - 1.75, W: 0.6 - 1, D: 0.1 - 0.3


Shape: Seeds flat, somewhat winged, especially at hilum end and opposite. Accumbent cotyledons and sulcus present.

Color: Seed dark brown in center, darkening to black at the winged edges. Hilum inconspicuous.

Surface: Texture is bumpy, and seed is somewhat lustrous.

Latitudinal Cross Section: elliptical ARHI-lat-crosssection.png

Longitudinal Cross Section: elliptical ARHI-long-crosssection.png

Basic Explanations and Assumptions:

The dimensions for the seeds are length x width x depth. The location of the hilum is used as the base of the seed, and the length is measured from hilum to the opposite apex. Where a style is present, the length is measured from the hilum to the bottom of the style. Width is measured at a right angle to the length at the widest part. Depth is measured at a right angle to the intersection of height and width lines.

Measurements included are the mean average for each measurement of ten separate seeds.

All measurements in millimeters unless otherwise noted.

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