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Cusickiella douglasii
alkali false whitlow-grass, Douglas' whitlow-grass

Distribution: Occurring in the south-central area of Washington along the Oregon border; Washington south to California, east to Idaho, Nevada, and Utah.

Habitat: Open, rocky ridges of the sagebrush desert, up into the lower mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Tufted, scapose perennial from a long, heavy taproot and branched crown, pubescent with simple and forked hairs, the scapes 1-3 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, leathery, oblanceolate, 5-12 mm. long and 1-2 mm. broad, with marginal simple or forked hairs, sometimes pubescent on the lower surface.


Inflorescence of 2- to 10-flowered racemes on the scapes; sepals 4, spreading; petals 4, white, 4-5 mm. long, clawed; stamens 6; style 0.5-1.5 mm. long.


Silicles somewhat inflated, ovoid, leathery, 3-7 mm. long, pubescent with soft, simple hairs.

Accepted Name:
Cusickiella douglasii (A. Gray) Rollins
Publication: J. Jap. Bot. 63: 69. 1988. 1988.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Draba douglasii A. Gray [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cusickiella douglasii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cusickiella douglasii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cusickiella douglasii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cusickiella douglasii photos.

USDA Plants: Cusickiella douglasii information.

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