Plant ID forum: Tien Shan Mountains Flower

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Oct 14, 2016 9:24 AM CST
The flower was seen in August in the Tien Shan Mountains in Kazakhstan near the border with China. It was growing at the top of a mountain at about 3,000m where it was cold and windy and I'm wondering whether it might be some sort of alpine plant. Can anyone identify it please?

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Oct 14, 2016 9:33 AM CST


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Oct 14, 2016 10:50 AM CST
Did it have leaves?
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Oct 14, 2016 11:37 AM CST
It definitely looks like something in the Brassica Family (Brassicaceae.)

Possibly Chorispora bungeana or a similar species.
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Oct 14, 2016 11:53 AM CST
Choirspora sabulosa grow in that region.
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Oct 15, 2016 6:49 AM CST
Many thanks to you all for your comments and especially to Danita who correctly identified the plant. Looking at the pictures in the link provided by Danita brought back many happy memories of my trek in the spectacular Tien Shan mountains and the beautiful Chorispora bungeana flowers battling bravely against the elements. Thank you.

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