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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

22. Brassicaceae, the Mustard Family

4. Rorippa Scop. -- Yellow cress

7. Rorippa tenerrima Greene


Glabrous, decumbent to prostrate annual, much-branched from the base, the stems 1-2 dm long. Leaves short-petioled, nonauriculate and nonclasping, the blades oblong or oblanceolate to spatulate, 2-5(8) cm long, 0.8-1.5 cm wide, lyrate-divided nearly to the midrib, rarely undivided, the lobes entire, the terminal lobe wider than the lateral ones, obtuse at the tip. Racemes terminal and axillary or all lateral, all about the same age or the lowest racemes with the oldest siliques. Sepals green, 0.7-1.2 mm long, caducous; petals yellow, fading to whitish when dried, 0.6-0.8 mm long, shorter than the sepals. Siliques elongate-cylindrical, slightly curved, tapering to the style, not constricted at the middle, 3-8 mm long, 0.8-2 mm wide, roughened with minute papillae; pedicels ascending, 1.5-4 mm long, usually rough with papillae. Jul--Sep. River bottoms and stream banks; rare, with collections from along the Missouri R., c ND, also sw SD and w NE; (MT to WA, s to NM and CA, sparingly e along major rivers to ND, SD, NE and MO). R. obtusa (Nutt.) Britt., in part.
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