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Noccaea fendleri
wild candytuft, Fendler's pennycress

Distribution: Occurring in the mountains throughout Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Montana and New Mexico.

Habitat: Common in open, rocky areas at mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous perennial from a simple to freely-branched crown, the 1-many stems usually simple, 3-25 cm. tall.


Basal leaves many in a rosette, 1.5-4 cm. long, narrowly oblanceolate to broadly ovate or obovate, entire to few-toothed, narrowed abruptly to a slender petiole half to twice as long as the blade; cauline leaves several, lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, 5-35 mm. long, sessile and auriculate.


Inflorescence a terminal, bractless raceme; pedicles ascending to spreading, 4-10 mm. long; sepals 4, 2-3 mm. long, erect; petals 4, white, 4-6 mm. long; stamens 6; style 1-3 mm. long.


Silicles strongly obcompressed, 4-10 mm. long, from wedge-shaped at the base and truncate at the tip, to oblong-obcordate, the margins keeled and slightly winged; seeds in 1 series.

Accepted Name:
Noccaea fendleri (A. Gray) Holub
Publication: Preslia. 70: 108. 1998.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Thlaspi alpestre L., misapplied
Thlaspi fendleri A. Gray [HC]
ssp. glauca – wild candytuft
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Noccaea fendleri in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Noccaea fendleri checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Noccaea fendleri atlas page.

CalPhotos: Noccaea fendleri photos.

USDA Plants: Noccaea fendleri information.

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