Drabastrum alpestre (F.Muell.) O.E.Schulz

Mountain Cress

in Engl., Pflanzenr. IV 105 (Heft 86): 257 (1924) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Base and rhizome woody; stems erect, rigid, terete or finely fluted, generally to 15 (but up to 40) cm high, with stalked, branched hairs. Basal leaves petiolate, entire to pinnately notched, to 5 cm long; stem leaves few, reducing to sessile. Sepals 2–3 mm long; petals 3.5–6 mm long. Fruit erect to spreading, obovoid to ellipsoid, 5–9 mm long (excluding style), c. 2 mm wide; style 0.5–1 mm long; pedicels spreading to horizontal, 5–11 mm long; seed coat reticulate Flowers spring–summer.

EGU, HNF, VAlp. Also NSW. In Victoria, known currently from only 2 small populations in dry, rocky habitat north of Licola. Previous records include a few more localities, including a sandy site at slightly lower elevation near Suggan Buggan.

This species is rare throughout Australia and considered vulnerable in Victoria. It is characterized by its habitat; the stalked, branched hairs on the stems; and the more or less terete, obovoid to ellipsoid fruits.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Brassicaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-09-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Brassicaceae
genus Drabastrum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Drabastrum alpestre in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Drabastrum alpestre in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory