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Rocky Mountain blazing star - Liatris ligulistylis
Other Names:  Strap-style Gayfeather

Native Species

Global Rank: G5?
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Root globose. Stems 20–100 cm. Herbage sparsely hirsute, punctate. Leaf blades oblanceolate, 1–15 cm long, becoming linear above. Involucres hemispheric, 10–15 mm high; phyllaries in 3 to 5 series, oblong, scarious-margined, purple-tipped. Disk flowers 30 to 70; corolla 5–7 mm long. Achenes 5–7 mm long; pappus barbed (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
AB to MB south to NM, SD and IA (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 5

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The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this species or genera where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans, Bombus pensylvanicus, Bombus griseocollis, and Bombus impatiens (Colla and Dumesh 2010, Williams et al. 2014, Tripoldi and Szalanski 2015).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
    • Tripoldi, A.D. and A.L. Szalanski. 2015. The bumble bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus) of Arkansas, fifty years later. Journal of Melittology 50: doi:
    • Williams, P., R. Thorp, L. Richardson, and S. Colla. 2014. Bumble Bees of North America. Princeton, NJ. Princeton University Press.
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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.
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