State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Uncommon in Montana, though many of the known collections describe the species as being locally common and the high elevation, rocky, baren habitat generally does not appear to be at risk.
Perennial with a branched caudex. Stems: flowering stems erect, 5–15 cm; short sterile stems 1–3 cm. Herbage villous, hispid. Leaves petiolate, 1–3 cm long; basal and sterile stem leaves spatulate; cauline leaves oblanceolate. Inflorescence short, leafy-bracteate below. Flowers: calyx hispid, puberulent, 5–6 mm long in fruit; corolla 3–5 mm long; fornices yellow. Nutlets 3 or 4, lance-ovate, obscurely ridged dorsally, smooth ventrally, 3–4 mm long; scar long, barely open at the base (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Sparsely vegetated, stony soil of exposed slopes, ridges; subalpine, alpine, rarely lower (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)