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Mountain Jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus)

Mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus). Also known as shieldplant or shieldleaf, this elegant member of the mustard family (Brassicaceae) makes a beautiful and unique addition to rocky slopes and other dry openings in the forest.

Mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus). Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0339
Mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus), close-up of two tiny wildflowers. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California, USA. Specimens from this area were previously designated as Streptanthus tortuosus var. orbiculatus, but subspecies/varieties are no longer officially recognized.
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Mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus var. orbiculatus). Osgood Swamp, Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0310
Close up of two tiny jewelflowers at sunrise. Osgood Swamp, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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Mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus var. orbiculatus). Osgood Swamp, Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0309
Extreme close up of a single jewelflower. Osgood Swamp, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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Mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus var. orbiculatus). Osgood Swamp, Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0308
Full view of mountain jewelflower, showing the plant's signature shield shaped leaves (hence, the alternate names shieldplant or shieldleaf). Osgood Swamp, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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Mountain jewelflower (Streptanthus tortuosus var. orbiculatus). Osgood Swamp, Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0307
Intermediate view, showing the shield shaped leaf while still depicting detail in the beautiful flowers. Osgood Swamp, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California.
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