Crucihimalaya wallichii (Hook.f. & Thomson) Al-Shehbaz, O’Kane & R.A.Price, Novon 9: 301 1999. (syn: Arabidopsis campestris O.E. Schulz; Arabidopsis mollissima var. afghanica O.E. Schulz; Arabidopsis russelliana Jafri; Arabidopsis sarbalica Naqshi & Javeid; Arabidopsis taraxacifolia (T. Anderson) Jafri; Arabidopsis wallichii (Hook.f. & Thomson) N. Busch; Arabis bucharica (Lipsky) N. Busch; Arabis leptocarpa Wall.; Arabis taraxacifolia T. Anderson; Hesperis wallichii (Hook.f. & Thomson) Kuntze; Microsisymbrium angustifolium Jafri; Sisymbrium wallichii Hook.f. & Thomson);
Common name: Wallich Rock-Cress
Annual or biennial herbs, about 10-70 cm long. Stem erect or ascending, simple or branched from the base, densely hirsute with stellate trichomes simple or forked, about 1-2 mm long. Basal radical leaves rosulate, obovate-oblong to oblanceolate in outline, about 2-7 x 0.5-2 cm across, margin deeply lyrately lobed or somewhat pinnately lobed, apex obtuse, terminal lobes usually larger than the lateral ones, densely pubescent with branched stellate trichomes, petiole ciliated, about 0.5-2.5 cm long, cauline leaves smaller, linear-oblong or linear-oblanceolate, about 0.5-4 x 0.2-0.9 cm across, base sagittate or auriculate, margin sinuately dentate, apex acute, pubescent on both sides rarely glabrescent, petiole sessile. Inflorescence racemes, terminal, 15-30 flowered, lax in fruit, about 10-20 cm long, ebracteate. Flowers bisexual, pink, white or purple, actinomorphic, pedicel slender, stellately pubescent or rarely glabrous, about 0.2-1 cm long, sepals 4, spreading, erect, oblong or ovate, pinkish green, densely pubescent, basal pair not saccate, about 1.5-2.5 x 0.6-1 mm across, petals 4, spathulate-obovate, base attenuate, margin entire, apex obtuse, about 2-3.5 x 0.7-1 mm across, claw about 1 mm long. Stamens 6, slightly tetradynamous, filaments not dilated at the base about 2-3 mm long, anthers oblong-linear, about 0.3-0.6 mm long, nectar glands confluent, ovary superior, bicarpellary, syncarpous, linear, ovules 50-130, stigma depressed. Fruit siliqua, dehiscent, linear or terete, curved or straight, compressed, valves papery, distinctly midveined, about 4-8 cm long, torulose or smooth, glabrous, style about 0.3-0.6 mm long. Seeds 20-70, uniseriate, not winged, oblong-ovate, compressed, minutely reticulate, mucilaginous when soaked, cotyledons incumbent, about 0.4-0.8 mm across.
Crucihimalaya species flowers are complete, bisexual, i.e., with functional male (androecium) and female (gynoecium), including stamens, carpels and ovary. Pollination is entomophilous i.e., by insects, or cleistogamy i.e., by self or allogamy i.e., by cross pollination. Flowering/Fruiting: March–July.
Open moist sandy places and grassy slopes, altitude 1800-3500 m.
Asia: Afghanistan, India: Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
(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 from India Biodiversity Portal)
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Synonyms – Arabidopsis wallichii
Family – Brassicaceae
Habitat – Growing on dry calcareous rocks along road.
Photographed at Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh
Dated – 20/3/2019
Adding two more images I skipped earlier.
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Yes. matches with illustration and specimens at
Thanks, … for a wonderful addition.