Golden Draba (7)

Draba is a large genus of small, mostly yellow, some white, flowers that grow in rocky, higher elevations. Minute details of the hairiness of fruit and leaves are used to differentiate them.

Draba spectabilis

Showy Draba
Draba spectabilis

Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 10, 2005
Location: Poverty Gulch, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to alpine
Habitat: Meadows and open woods

Grows to 6" with a leafy stem and a rosette of basal leaves. It is the most common of the Drabas. It is almost hairless so has a more green appearance than Golden Draba.

Flora of North America reference.

Draba aurea

Golden Draba
Draba aurea

Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 12, 2009
Location: Scarps Ridge, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to alpine
Habitat: Meadows and open woods

Also grows to 6" with a leafy stem but is hairier, so grayer in appearance than Showy Draba.

Flora of North America reference.

Draba streptocarpa

Twisted Pod Draba
Draba streptocarpa

Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
AKA: Pretty Draba
Photo taken on: June 10, 2007
Location: Waterfall Creek Trail
Life Zones: Montane to alpine
Habitat: Meadows and open woods

Grows to 6" from a rosette of small, hairy leaves.

Flora of North America reference.

Draba crassa

Thickleaf Draba
Draba crassa

Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 28, 2007
Location: Cottonwood Pass, CO
Life Zones: Alpine
Habitat: Rocky slopes

Grows from a rosette of thick, fleshy basal leaves.

Flora of North America reference.

Draba crassifolia

Snowbed Draba
Draba crassifolia

Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
AKA: Snowbed Whitlowgrass
Photo taken on: July 12, 2008
Location: South Baldy Trail, GV, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine to alpine
Habitat: Woodlands, tundra

Grows from 2-6". Stems are leafless. Leaves are narrow in a tight cushion.

Flora of North America reference.

Draba rectifructa

Mountain Draba
Draba rectifructa

Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 20, 2011
Location: Cottonwood Pass, CO
Life Zones: Montane and subalpine
Habitat: Open woods, gravelly areas

Grows to 1ft high with many large (1" long) leaves on the stems compared to other Drabas.

Flora of North America reference.

Draba crassa

Draba UFO
Draba ssp.

Family: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 2, 2010
Location: Cottonwood Pass, CO
Life Zones: Alpine
Habitat: Rocky slopes

Has thick, fleshy basal leaves and large stem leaves.

Yellow Round Clusters