Alpine Bluebells - Mertensia alpina
(see State Rank Reason below)
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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.
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)
ID, MT south to NM and CO (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.