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This is a native species.

Draba crassa

Draba crassa (Thick-leaf Draba)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Alpine. Scree. Summer.
Black Bear Pass, July 20, 2008.

With their bright yellow flowers and mass of bright green leaves, these tiny tufts are relatively easy to spot on alpine scree. Draba crassa is rare and found primarily in Colorado. See the map below.

The Draba genus was named by Linnaeus in 1753 and this species was named by Per Axel Rydberg in 1900 from plants he collected on Gray's Peak in Colorado in 1895.  "Crassa" is Latin for "thick" and refers to the roots.

Draba crassa

Draba crassa (Thick-leaf Draba)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Alpine. Tundra, scree. Summer.
Black Bear Pass, July 20, 2008.

Draba crassa

Draba crassa

Draba crassa

Draba crassa (Thick-leaf Draba)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Alpine. Tundra, scree. Summer.
Black Bear Pass, July 20, 2008 and Placer Gulch, July 20, 2013.

Flowers are clustered in upright racemes; pedicels spread so that seeds are not clustered tightly. Seeds are glabrous (not hairy) and are sometimes twisted.

                                   Draba crassa

Draba crassa

Draba crassa (Thick-leaf Draba)
Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)

Alpine. Tundra, scree. Summer.
Black Bear Pass, July 20, 2008.

Leaves are thick, long-petioled, often red margined, lightly hairy on the edges, smooth on the surfaces, prominently mid-veined with a slight inward folding, and in a dense mass.

The flower stem (across the lower middle of the photograph) is lightly hairy.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Draba crassa

Range map for Draba crassa