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Snow Spring-parsley - Cymopterus nivalis
Other Names:  Cymopterus bipinnatus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Acaulescent with a woody, branched caudex covered in old petioles. Herbage scabrous. Leaves long-petiolate; blades 1–5 cm long, lanceolate in outline, bipinnate; ultimate segments crowded, 1–2 mm long. Umbels solitary, compact; peduncles 3–17 cm long, prostrate to ascending; rays 2–4 mm long; involucre absent; involucel bracts acuminate-ovate, 2–4 mm long, scarious-margined, united at the base. Flowers white; sepals ca. 0.5 mm long. Mericarps narrowly elliptic, 3–7 mm long; marginal wings wavy, 1–1.5 mm wide, wider than the dorsal ribs; oil tubes 5 to 6 per interval (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
OR to MT south to NV, UT and WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 50

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Gravelly soil of grasslands, sagebrush steppe, woodlands, open forest, fellfields; montane to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • South, P.R. 1957. Food habits and range use of the mule deer in the Scudder Creek area, Beaverhead County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 34 p.
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