Perennials; long-lived; apomictic; caudex woody. Stems usually 1 per caudex branch, arising from center of rosette, often somewhat elevated above ground surface on woody base, 1-5 dm, densely pubescent proximally, trichomes simple, 0.5-1 mm, mixed with long-stalked, 2- or 3-rayed ones, 0.1-0.5 mm, moderately to sparsely pubescent distally. Basal leaves: blade oblanceolate, 4-8 mm wide, margins denticulate, ciliate along petiole, trichomes to 1 mm, surfaces densely pubescent, trichomes long-stalked, 2-5-rayed, 0.1-0.5 mm. Cauline leaves: 8-25, often concealing stem proximally; blade auricles 1-3 mm, surfaces of distalmost leaves moderately pubescent. Racemes 12-34-flowered, usually unbranched. Fruiting pedicels divaricate-ascending to horizontal, straight, 5-10 mm, pubescent, trichomes spreading, simple and 2-rayed. Flowers ascending at anthesis; sepals pubescent; petals purplish, 6-8 × 2-2.5 mm, glabrous; pollen spheroid. Fruits divaricate-ascending to horizontal, not appressed to rachis, not secund, straight or slightly curved, edges parallel, 4-8 cm × 1.7-2.2 mm; valves glabrous; ovules 70-102 per ovary; style 0.1-0.3 mm. Seeds uniseriate, 1.4-1.8 × 1-1.3 mm; wing continuous, 0.1-0.2 mm wide. Flowering Apr-May. Mountain slopes; ca. 1200 m; Calif. Morphological evidence suggests that Boechera rubicundula is an apomictic species that arose through hybridization between B. arcuata and B. breweri (see M. D. Windham and I. A. Al-Shehbaz 2007 for detailed comparison). It is known only from the type locality on Mt. Day in west-central California.