|Scientific Name||Boechera retrofracta (Arabis holboellii var. retrofracta)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||BORE6|
|Common Name||Reflexed Rockcress, Second Rockcress||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||509596|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 10500 ft); forests, dry slopes, and sagebrush meadows.
Plant: Erect, wispy-looking biennial or short-lived perennial 6 to 40 inches tall, usually single-stemmed; lower stem covered with pubescent hairs.
Leaves: Basal leaves 3/8 to 1-1/8 inches long, oblong to oblanceolate, pointed tips and fine pubescent hairs; stem leaves oblong or lanceolate 1 to 1-1/2 inches long, with small ears at base, clasping.
Inflorescence: Numerous white to purplish drooping flowers in a raceme, each about 1/2-inch long overall with hairy calyx tube and pedicel.
Bloom Period: May to July.
Fruit: Long (up to 3+ inches), very narrow seed pods drooping downward from a sharply-bent pedicels.
Reference: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Alpine Flora of the Rocky Mountains" by Richard Scott, "A Guide to Rocky Mountain Plants" by Nelson and Williams, Montana Field Guide and SEINet.
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