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Last updated 1/14/2022 by David Giblin.
Boechera divaricarpa (A. Nelson) Á. Löve & D. Löve[FNA7, HC2]
spreading-pod rockcress

Publication: Bot. Not. 128: 513. 1976.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA7: "The name Arabis (Boechera) divaricarpa has been applied to nearly every hybrid containing a genome derived from B. stricta. This presents a serious barrier to understanding the evolution of Boechera and also is contrary to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, because some names usually placed in synonymy (i.e., B. grahamii and B. brachycarpa) have priority at species level (M. D. Windham and I. A. Al-Shehbaz 2007b). To address this problem, we treat the following as distinct species: B. acutina, B. grahamii (= B. brachycarpa of R. D. Dorn 2001), and B. pratincola (all considered synonyms of A. divaricarpa by R. C. Rollins 1993), and B. calderi, B. elkoensis, and B. quebecensis (taxa described after 1993). Detailed comparison among these taxa are provided by Windham and Al-Shehbaz (2007, 2007b). The narrow concept of B. divaricarpa advocated here encompasses apomictic triploid populations containing three distinct genomes, one each derived from B. retrofracta, B. sparsiflora, and B. stricta. If the species is defined more broadly, the name B. grahamii has priority."


» Rollins 1983. Am. J. Bot. 70: 625-634 discusses hybrid status.
Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Arabis ×divaricarpa A. Nelson[HC, Rollins 1993a]
Arabis divaricarpa A. Nels. var. divaricarpa[VPPNW2]