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Snake River Cat's-eye - Cryptantha spiculifera

Native Species

Global Rank: G4?
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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General Description
Perennial with a branched caudex. Stems erect, 3–20 cm. Herbage strigose, hispid. Leaves basal and cauline, petiolate, linear-oblanceolate, acute, 1–6 cm long, becoming sessile above. Inflorescence leafy-bracteate below. Flowers: calyx hirsute, hispid, 5–8 mm long in fruit; corolla 5–9 mm long, 6–8 mm across the limb; fornices ochroleucus. Nutlets 1 to 4, ovate to lance-ovate, ridged-rugose, 2–3 mm long; scar closed. (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Central Washington and E Oregon to NE California and N Nevada, E throughout Snake River Plains of Idaho, and N through EC Idaho to W Montana.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 29

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

Sandy or stony soil of ridges, open slopes in grasslands, sagebrush steppe; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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