Amer. J. Bot. 4: 265. 1917.
Perennials; (cespitose, densely pulvinate); caudex branched (branches often tangled with persistent leaf remnants, prostrate, slender, sometimes terminating in sterile rosettes); scapose. Stems unbranched, (0.2–) 0.3–0.8 dm, sparsely pubescent proximally, glabrous distally, trichomes usually 2-rayed or 3-rayed, rarely some simple, 0.1–0.25 mm. Basal leaves not rosulate; subsessile; petiole margins not ciliate; blade oblanceolate to oblong or elliptic, 0.3–0.8 (–0.9) cm × (1–) 1.5–3 (–4) mm, margins entire, (not ciliate), surfaces usually pubescent, rarely both surfaces glabrous (except margin), with stalked, 2–4-rayed trichomes, 0.07–0.4 mm (or, rarely, trichomes mostly simple and 2-rayed adaxially). Cauline leaves 0. Racemes (3–) 5–11 (–14) -flowered, ebracteate, slightly elongated in fruit; rachis not flexuous, glabrous or sparsely pubescent as stem. Fruiting pedicels divaricate-ascending, straight or curved upward, (sometimes slightly expanded basally), 3–8 mm, usually glabrous, rarely sparsely pubescent, trichomes simple and 2-rayed or 3-rayed. Flowers: sepals broadly ovate, 1.7–2.5 mm, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, (trichomes simple and short-stalked, 2-rayed or 3-rayed); petals yellow, spatulate, 2.7–4 × 1.5–2.2 mm; anthers ovate, 0.4–0.5 mm. Fruits broadly lanceolate to ellipsoid or ovoid, plane, inflated at least basally, (2.5–) 3.5–7 (–8) × (1.5–) 2–3.5 mm; valves glabrous or sparsely pubescent, trichomes simple and short-stalked, 2 (–4) -rayed, 0.07–0.2 mm; ovules 4–10 (–12) per ovary; style 0.3–1 (–1.3) mm. Seeds oblong, 1–1.5 × 0.8–1 mm. 2n = 20.
Phenology: Flowering Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Rock outcrops, talus, soil pockets on rocky slopes
Elevation: 2500-3300 m
Of conservation concern.
Draba sphaeroides is closely related to D. pedicellata; the two are easily distinguished using the characteristics discussed by M. D. Windham (2004). The species is known from Elko County (East Humboldt, Ruby and Jarbidge mountains) in northeastern Nevada.
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