Farsetia jacquemontii Hook.f. & Thomson, J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 5: 148 1861. (syn: Arabis heliophila DC.; Farsetia canescens (Willd.) Merr.; Heliophila canescens Willd.; Heliophila incana Burm.f.)
SE. Iran to NW. India as per POWO;

Erect or spreading perennial herbs or undershrubs, about 10-50 cm tall. Rootstocks slender, taproot. Hairs bipartite, white stiff appressed. Stem erect, usually woody and much branched at the base, also dichotomously branched above, pubescent with white bipartite appressed hairs, branches herbaceous like. Leaves simple, variable, linear lanceolate to linear-oblong, about 10-60 x 1-8 mm across, base cuneate to attenuate, margin entire, apex acute to subobtuse, strigose, pubescent on both sides, midrib impressed above and prominent beneath, petiole sessile. Inflorescence racemes, lax, 5-15 flowered, up to 20 cm long in fruit, ebracteate. Flowers bisexual, yellowish orange to pale purple, about 10 mm across, pedicel erect, slender, ascending, about 1-3 mm long, up to 6 mm long in fruit, sepals 4, subequal, erect, oblong, lateral pair base not saccate, apex subobtuse, about 6-8 x 2 mm across, petals 4, linear oblong, base attenuate, margins usually crimpled or curved inwards, apex obtuse, about 10-16 x 2-2.5 mm across. Stamens 6, about 7-8 mm long, filaments linear, anthers linear-oblong, about 3 mm long, lateral nectar glands present, median glands absent. Ovary superior, linear, ellipsoid-cylindrical, sessile, bicarpellary, syncarpous, ovules 10-40, style thick, about 1 mm long, stigma bilobed, conical. Fruit siliqua, linear-ellipsoid to linear-oblong, compressed, bilocular, base and apex nearly rounded, about 15-50 x 2.5-5 mm across, subglabrous or slightly covered with bipartite appressed hairs, midrib prominent, valves membranous, septum complete. Seeds biseriate or uniseriate, compressed, brown, orbicular-ovoid, about 3 mm, winged, minutely reticulate, cotyledons accumbent.
Dry places of northwestern India.
(Attributions- Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India.; Kailash, B. R., ATREE, Bangalore, India.; Royal Norwegian Embassy grants. Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN), Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, India as per India Biodiversity Portal)

Flora of the Indian Desert: 3 high res. images.
Submission of Farsetia jacquemontii Hk. f. & Th.

Habitat: Hilly tracks, open stretches of sand. 
Habit: Erect shrubs or undershrubs, with appressed white hairs throughout the plant. 
Leaves: Sessile, linear-lenceolate. 
Flowers: Pale-pink or white. Drying flowers appears to be orange. (Fl. Ind. Des., M. M. Bhandari, 1990).
Fruit: Compressed, nearly rounded towards both ends, appressed hairy.
Location: Kachchh, Gujarat


I’d plz: 1 high res. image.

I’d plz
Location – Anjar – kutch
Dt – 12/08/2022

Pl. check images and details at Matthiola incana (L.) W. T. Aiton
I am not sure.


Sorry but leaves for Matthiola incana are very different…greyish , grey green , silver in colour.

Match with Farsetia sp. of Brassicaceae.

ask for more details of flower

Appears close to images at Farsetia jacquemontii Hook.f. & Thomson, but flower colour is raising some doubts.
It looks different from other two species reported from Gujrat: as per images and details at Farsetia stylosa R. Br. and as per POWO and IBP for Farsetia macrantha.
Pl. confirm.


Need ID: white desert flower: 3 images.
Near Kutch

Sandstone / shale soil

It may be Farsetia sylosa

It looks like species of Farsetia

More possibility of Farsetia jacquemontii

Yes, appears more close to images at