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

Draba nemorosa L.
woods draba (woodland draba; woods whitlow-grass)
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from slender taproot; stems simple or branched, 5-25 (35) cm tall, hairy with both branched and starlike hairs, sometimes with some simple hairs or nearly glabrous.
Basal leaves few; stem leaves on lower third of stem, narrowly egg- or spoon-shaped; 1-3 cm long, 0.1-2 cm wide, minutely to regularly toothed; upper surface of leaves hairy with simple hairs and some long-stalked, 2-branched, 3-branched, and crosslike hairs; lower leaf surfaces with mostly crosslike hairs, but also some long-stalked, 2-branched and 3-branched hairs.
Racemes 10- to 50-flowered, long and lax; petals yellowish, 2.5-4 mm long; sepals 2-2.5 mm long, sparsely soft-hairy to glabrous.
Silicles, 3-10 mm long, 1-2 mm wide, elliptic to elliptic-oblanceolate, glabrous or hairy; fruiting stalks to 35 mm long, 1-5 times as long as silicles, spreading-ascending, glabrous; styles lacking; seeds 25-60, oval, light brown, about 0.7 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to dry open forests, grasslands and shrublands in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common in S BC, rare northward; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to PQ and S to CO and N CA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Draba nemorosa

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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 430 831 1816
Slope Gradient (%) 0 29 78
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
30 209 314
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 5
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: BG(8), IDF(2), MS(1), PP(1), SBS(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

Draba lutea Gilib.
Draba nemorosa var. leiocarpa Lindbl.

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