Annual or biennial herb from a slender taproot; stems erect or ascending with several ascending branches near the base, 10-25 (40) cm tall, the shoots grey-hairy with starlike hairs.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves narrowly oblanceolate, entire, 5-25 mm long, grey with starlike down.
Inflorescene elongate; flower stalks spreading, 2-5 mm long; flowers about 3 mm in diameter; petals cream or white, linear, 3-4 mm long; sepals about 2 mm long, soft-hairy and with starlike hairs, persistent in fruit.
Silicles, 3-4 mm long, almost circular (oval), starlike hairy, strongly flattened near the edges but bulging in the middle, 2 seeds in each chamber; styles up to 0.5 mm long.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|BG(2), ICH(2), IDF(16), MS(1), PP(17)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Alyssum calycinum L.
Clypeola alyssoides L.