Sweden wildflowers: Alpine rockcress

Arabis alpina, SE: Fjälltrav, DE: Alpen-Gänsekresse,
NL: Randjesbloem, UK: Alpine rockcress

Scientific name:  Arabis alpina L.
Synonym name:  Arabis merinoi Pau, Arabis pieninica Wol.
Swedish name:  Fjälltrav
German name:  Alpen-Gänsekresse
Nederlandse naam:  Randjesbloem
English name:  Alpine rockcress
Plant Family:  Brassicaceae or Cruciferae, Mustard family, Korsblommiga växter

Flora en Sweden (Sweden Wil Flowers)

Life form:  Herbaceous-chamaephytic
Stems:  Height 10–30 cm
Leaves:  Rosette, long, dentate and clearly stalked
Flowers:  Regular (actinomorphic). 4 white petals, with rounded tip; 4 sepals four, with pointed tip, swollen base, and membranous margins; pistil formed from two fused carpels; 6 stamens, two of them short, four long.
Flowering Period:  June, July, August
Fruits:  Pod, 2–3 cm long, divided in two by a membranous wall (a siliqua); fruit-stalk directed obliquely upwards ca. 1 cm long; seed brown, roundish, flat, and narrowly and imperfectly winged
Habitat:  Mountains, damp areas and cliffs

Bloemen in Zweden, Natuur


Derivation of the botanical name:
Arabis, a Greek word used for "mustard" or "cress," and the Greek word for Arabia.
alpina, of alps, mountains.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation Pau is used to indicate Carlos Pau (1857 – 1937), a Spanish botanist and pharmacist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Woll. is used to indicate Eustach Woloszczak (1835 - 1918), professor at Lviv Polytechnic National University (Lemberg) Poland and is now in western Ukraine.

Flora of Sweden online, Native plants, Sverige