American Winter-cress - Barbarea orthoceras
(see State Rank Reason below)
MNPS Threat Rank
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
S4 non-SOC: Barbarea orthoceras appears to be present through much of central and western Montana.
- Details on Status Ranking and Review
ScoreU - Unknown
ScoreF - 20,000-200,000 sq km (~8,000-80,000 sq mi)
Area of Occupancy
ScoreE - 26-125 4-km2 grid cells
Number of Populations
ScoreC - 21 - 80
Number of Occurrences or Percent Area with Good Viability / Ecological Integrity
ScoreC - Few (4-12) occurrences with excellent or good viability or ecological integrity
ScoreC - Moderate. Generalist or community with some key requirements scarce
ScoreU - Unknown
ScoreU - Unknown
ScoreD - Low
CommentThreat categories include: Housing & urban areas, Annual & perennial non-timber crops.
ScoreC - Not intrinsically vulnerable
Plants: Glabrous to sparingly-haired bienniel herb with a taproot (Hitchcock et al. 1964) Stems angled, unbranched or branched above (McGregor et al. 1986), erect, 20–50 cm tall (Lesica 2012).
Leaves: Basal leaves 4–12 cm in length, oblong with 1 to 6 pairs of lateral lobes with sinuate margins. Stem leaves pinnately lobed or divided, reduced upward (Lesica 2012).
Inflorescence: Dense racemes; pedicels thick or club-shaped, up to 1 mm in length (McGregor et al. 1986). (P. Lesica's contribution adapted from Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX.)
Flowers March-July (FNA 2010).
AK to NL south to CA, AZ, MN, NH; Asia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Scree, rocky bluffs (FNA 2010), moist soil of thickets, wet meadows, along streams, wetlands, open forest; valleys to lower subalpine (Lesica 2012).(Lesica's contribution adapted from Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX.)
Flowers: Sepals light yellow-green, 2 mm in length (Hitchcock et al. 1964), upright, oblong; petals light yellow (McGregor et al. 1986), 3–6 mm in length (Lesica 2012).
Fruits: Siliques 15–25 mm in length, up to 1 mm in width, 4-angled, erect or spreading, with a beak 2 mm in length (Lesica 2012); valve with prominent midnerve (Hitchcock et al. 1964). Seeds brown, minutely wrinkled, 0.8-1 mm in width (McGregor et al. 1986). (P. Lesica's contribution adapted from Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX.)
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 2010. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Volume 7. Magnoliophyta: Salicaceae to Brassicaceae. Oxford University Press, Inc., NY. 832 pp.
- Great Plains Flora Association (McGregor, R.L., coordinator, and T.M. Barkley, R.E. Brooks, and E.K. Schofield - eds.). 1986. Flora of the Great Plains. Lawrence, KS: Univ. Press Kansas. 1392 pp.
- Hitchcock, C. L., A. Cronquist, M. Ownbey, and J. W. Thompson. 1964. Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest. Part 2: Salicaceae to Saxifragaceae. University of Washington Press, Seattle. 597 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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- 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.
- Stoecker, R.E. 1967. A population study of five species of small rodents in the Bridger Mountains of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 32 p.
- Tuinstra, K. E. 1967. Vegetation of the floodplains and first terraces of Rock Creek near Red Lodge, Montana. Ph.D dissertation. Montana State University, Bozeman 110 pp.