Sierra Sanicle - Sanicula graveolens
(see State Rank Reason below)
MNPS Threat Rank
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Somewhat few collections from 4-5 counties. Rare in Idaho. Disjunct. Populations are usually small.
Taprooted. Stems ascending to erect, solitary, 5–30 cm, branched at the base. Leaves petiolate; blades ovate in outline, ternate, 2–4 cm long; leaflets deeply 3-lobed and toothed. Umbel compact; peduncle 2–30 cm long; rays few, 5–20 mm long; involucel bracts 6 to 10, lance-linear, 1–4 mm long. Flowers light yellow. Mericarps 2–4 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Unlikely to be confused with anything else in Montana. Very distinctive in our Apiaceae for its broad, rounded, lobed leaflets, spiny fruits and rocky habitat.
Southern British Columbia to southern California, east to western Montana and northwestern Wyoming (with disjunct populations in Chile and Argentina).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations:
(Click on the following maps and charts to see full sized version)
Map Help and Descriptions
(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)
Mostly on rock in montane to subalpine elevations.
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this species or genera where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus bifarius
(Thorp et al. 1983).
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- Thorp, R.W., D.S. Horning, and L.L. Dunning. 1983. Bumble bees and cuckoo bumble bees of California (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 23:1-79.
- Additional ReferencesLegend: View Online Publication
Do you know of a citation we're missing?
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.