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Arrowleaf Balsamroot - Balsamorhiza sagittata

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5
* (see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 3

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Very common in western Montana in low elevation grasslands and open ponderosa pine woodlands.
  • Details on Status Ranking and Review
    Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) Conservation Status Review
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General Description
Stems erect to ascending, 15–80 cm. Herbage strigose to tomentose. Basal leaf blades sagittate, 10–30 cm long, entire. Involucre campanulate, 15–22 mm high, 12–25 mm across; phyllaries lanceolate, tomentose, outer as long or longer than the inner. Ray ligules 20–40 mm long. Disk corollas 6–9 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
BC, AB south to CA, AZ, CO and SD (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 725

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Arrowleaf Balsamroot — Balsamorhiza sagittata.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from