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Streptanthus gracilis  Eastw.
Alpine jewel flower,   Alpine jewelflower
Streptanthus gracilis is an annual herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).
Siskiyou Del Norte Modoc Humboldt Shasta Lassen Trinity Plumas Tehama Butte Mendocino Glenn Sierra Yuba Lake Nevada Colusa Placer Sutter El Dorado Yolo Alpine Napa Sonoma Sacramento Mono Amador Solano Calaveras Tuolumne San Joaquin Marin Contra Costa Alameda Santa Cruz Mariposa Madera San Francisco San Mateo Merced Fresno Stanislaus Santa Clara Inyo San Benito Tulare Kings Monterey San Bernardino San Luis Obispo Kern Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Riverside Orange San Diego Imperial
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~25 records in California
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Streptanthus
Family: Brassicaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Red Fir Forest, Subalpine Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Information about  Streptanthus gracilis from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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[Description] Distribution, Description: Streptanthus gracilis is an uncommon species of flowering plant in the mustard family known by the common name alpine jewelflower.[1] Distribution It is endemic to California, where it is known only from the Kings-Kern Divide in the Sierra Nevada, a series of high mountain peaks near the intersection of Tulare, Fresno, and Inyo Counties. It grows in weathered rocky habitat such as talus. Description Streptanthus gracilis is an annual herb producing a slender, hairless, waxy stem up to 30 or 35 centimeters tall. The basal leaves have toothed oblong blades borne on petioles. Leaves higher on the stem have shorter blades which may have short petioles or may clasp the stem at their bases. Flowers occur at intervals along the upper stem. Each has an urn-shaped calyx of pink sepals about half a centimeter long with pink petals emerging from the tip. The fruit is a thin, straight or curving silique up to 7 centimeters long. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/21/2024).