Matthiola chorassanica Bunge, Fl. Orient. 1: 151 1867. (syn: Matthiola flavida var. integrifolia (Kom.) O.E. Schulz; Matthiola integrifolia Kom.; Matthiola tenera Rech.f.);
Common name: Himalayan Stock

Perennial herbs, tomentose with eglandular forked trichomes, about 10-50 cm tall. Rootstocks slender, taproot. Stem erect, woody near the base, ascending, leafy, simple or branched from the caudex and above. Basal leaves simple, somewhat in rosulate, variable, oblanceolate-obovate to linear oblong-elliptic, about 1.5-5 x 0.5-2 cm across, base cuneate to shallow attenuate, margin entire to sinuately dentate, apex acute to subacute, petiole about 0.5-2.5 cm long, cauline leaves gradually smaller, upper ones becoming linear, base not auriculate, margin entire, dentate to pinnatisect, petiole short to subsessile. Inflorescence racemes, 3-15 flowered, up to 5-10 cm long in fruit, elongated in fruit, lax, ebracteate. Flowers bisexual, purplish maroon, brownish, greenish brown, pedicel erect, divaricate, stout, thinner than the fruit, ascending, about 2-10 mm long, sepals 4, linear oblong, inner lateral pair base saccate, about 8-12 x 1.2-1.5 mm across, petals 4, obovate-oblong to spathulate, margins entire, flat or rolled inwards circinately, apex obtuse, about 10-15 x 1.2-1.5 mm across, claw compressed, about 1 cm long. Stamens 6, tetradynamous, filaments not dilated near the base, lateral pair about 3-4 mm long, median pairs about 6-8 mm long, anthers linear-oblong, about 2.5 mm long. Ovary superior, bicarpellary, ovules 20-70. Fruit siliqua, dehiscent, linear cylindrical, terete, erect or slightly curved, latiseptate, 50-120 x 1.8-2.8 mm across, usually torulose, tomentose, valves with prominent midrib, replum rounded, septum complete, style obsolete or about 1 mm long, stigma conical, bilobed, with hornlike appendages. Seeds uniseriate, brown, compressed or flattened, ovate-ovoid, about 2-2.5 mm long, narrowly winged, about 0.5 mm long, minutely reticulate, not mucilaginous when soaked, cotyledons accumbent.

Rocky mountain slopes, altitude 1000-4000 m.
Asia: Afghanistan, China, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan; Jammu & Kashmir.
(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. from India Biodiversity Portal)


Seen this Herb near Shanti stupa, Leh, ladakh. (Atitude: 11800 ft approx).
Date/Time: 22-06-2016 / 06:30pm..

A member of family Brassicaceae

This plant has been identified as Matthiola chorassanica by Miroslav.
Thanks to Miroslav.

050722 JM 2: 5 images.
Attaching images from alongside the river Syok, in Syok valley while on way from Nubra valley to Pangong Tso, on 17.6.22, in Ladakh.

Appears to be some Arabis or Arabidopsis species.

Also attaching some more images.

I feel it is neither !

Then what?

I have no idea but I feel it is something different.

This appears to be Matthiola chorassanica as per images in FOI.


I agree.




Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  IPNI  GBIF (with type specimen) Flora of China Flowers of India  India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora

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