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Prairie Bluebells - Mertensia lanceolata

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Plants with a branched caudex, similar to M. oblongifolia. Stems lax to ascending, 10–30 cm. Herbage glabrous to minutely strigose on leaf margins. Leaves basal and cauline; blades oblanceolate, lanceolate, or elliptic, 2–7 cm long; lateral veins of cauline leaves obscure. Flowers: calyx strigose, ciliate, 3–6 mm long, divided 2/3-way to the base; corolla 9–14 mm long; tube glabrous within, equal to or shorter than the limb; filaments inserted at the fornices; style barely longer than the anthers. Nutlets ca. 3 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 145

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Fultz, J.E. 2005. Effects of shelterwood management on flower-visiting insects and their floral resources. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 163 p.
    • Hawkins, P.H. 1903. The alpine flora of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 24 pp.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • 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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