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Alpine Hulsea - Hulsea algida

Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S4
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Numerous collections from Ravalli, SilverBow, Carbon, DeerLodge, Granite, Madison, Beaverhead, Park Counties. Many of these are recent (<20 years old).

Probably currently secure in its high elevation talus/scree habitats.
General Description
Taprooted perennial herbs from a branched caudex. Stems simple, erect, 4–30 cm. Herbage glandular, puberulent to villous. Leaves basal and cauline, wide-petiolate; blades narrowly oblanceolate, dentate to shallowly, pinnately lobed, 3–10 cm long. Heads solitary, radiate; involucres hemispheric, 12–23 mm high; phyllaries glandular, villous, narrowly lanceolate, subequal in 2–4 series; receptacle flat, bumpy. Ray flowers female, 30–60, yellow; rays ca. 1 cm long. Disk flowers perfect, yellow, glandular, 5–8 mm long, tubes shorter than the throat; style branches hairy. Pappus of 4 lacerate, hyaline scales. Achenes clavate, 8–11 mm long, strigose (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Not likely to be confused with any other species in Montana. Hymenoxis grandiflora has larger, prominently notched ray flowers and pectinately divided leaves.

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 13

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Stony or sandy, non-calcareous soil of fellfields, talus; alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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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.
    • Saunders, J.K., Jr. 1954. A two-year investigation of the food habits and range use of the Rocky Mountain goat in the Crazy Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 22 p.
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