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

Boechera stricta (Graham) Al-Shehbaz
straight-up suncress
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Short-lived perennial herb from a simple or branched stem-base; stems 1-several, branched, 30-80 cm tall, glabrous throughout or with simple or 2-branched hairs basally.
Basal leaves oblanceolate to elliptic, entire, 2-7 mm long, 3-15 mm wide, narrowed to a slender stalk; stem leaves overlapping, unstalked, ear-like at the bases, oblong-lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 1.5-3 cm long, 3-15 mm wide.
Few- to many-flowered racemes; petals 7-12 mm long, white; outer sepals slightly bulging on one side at the base.
siliques, erect, straight or slightly curved, glabrous, 3-9 cm long, 2-3 mm wide; seeds in 2 rows, about 2 mm long, with wings to 1 mm wide on one side of seed.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry rock outcrops, talus slopes, gravelly soils, open forests and roadsides in the montane to alpine zones; frequent throughout BC; N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to CA and NJ, AZ and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Boechera stricta

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) 520 1705 2580
Slope Gradient (%) 0 32 100
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 186 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 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(32), BAFA(4), BG(3), BWBS(1), ESSF(40), IDF(18), IMA(6), MS(6), PP(6), SBPS(1), SBS(4), SWB(4)


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 arcoidea A. Nelson
Arabis drummondii A. Gray
Erysimum drummondii (A. Gray) Kuntze
Streptanthus angustifolius Nuttall
Turritis stricta Graham

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