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

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Eileen Brown     (Photo ID #19827)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Boechera stricta
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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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)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1705 520 2580
Slope Gradient (%)
32 0 100

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

186 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 0 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
# 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)

Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Arabis arcoidea A. Nelson
Arabis drummondii A. Gray
Erysimum drummondii (A. Gray) Kuntze
Streptanthus angustifolius Nuttall
Turritis stricta Graham