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Alpine Bluebells - Mertensia alpina

Native Species

Global Rank: G4?
State Rank: S3S4
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Numerous collections from 5 counties in southern alpine regions of the state. Some populations secure within wilderness or other lands with protected status. High elevation habitat probably currently secure.
General Description
Plants with a branched caudex. Stems prostrate to ascending, 5–20 cm. Herbage glabrous, strigose on upper leaf surfaces. Leaves basal and cauline; blades lanceolate to elliptic, 1–5 cm long; lateral veins obscure. Flowers: calyx ciliate, 2–4 mm long, divided to the base; corolla 6–9 mm long; limb ca. as long as the tube; filaments short; anthers just reaching the fornices; style no higher than the anthers. Nutlets ca. 2 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
ID, MT south to NM and CO (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 52

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Alpine Bluebells — Mertensia alpina.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from