E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Arabis nuttallii B.L. Rob.
Nuttall's rockcress
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a simple stem-base; stems simple, one to several, 10-30 cm tall, with long, simple or 2-branched hairs at the bases, becoming glabrous above.
Basal leaves numerous in a rosette, egg-shaped, 1-3 cm long, 3-5 mm wide, drying and remaining prominent, stalks and blades with many long, simple or 2-branched hairs; stem leaves unstalked to short-stalked, not clasping stem, lanceolate to oblanceolate, 8-12 mm long, 2-5 mm wide, long hairs on margins and undersurface.
Racemes few-flowered (5-25); petals 5-6 mm long, white to pale lavender; outer two sepals not bulging on one side at the base.
Siliques, angled upward, straight to slightly curved, 1-2 cm long, 1-1.5 mm wide; seeds in 1 row, 0.75-1.0 mm long, wingless.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic meadows, talus slopes, rock outcrops, open forests and roadsides in the montane to alpine zones; infrequent in SE BC; N to YT, E to SW AB and S to WY, UT and NV.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Arabis nuttallii

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 820 1640 2257
Slope Gradient (%) 0 19 72
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
10 4 330
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 4 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(10), BG(1), ESSF(2), IDF(3), IMA(1), SBPS(3)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Arabis bridgeri M.E. Jones
Arabis macella Piper
Boechera nuttallii (B.L. Rob.) Dorn

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