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Spring Draba - Draba verna

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
Annual from a simple caudex. Stems 3–15 cm, unbranched. Basal leaves oblanceolate, 5–20 mm long, entire to dentate. Stem leaves lacking. Vestiture of few-branched hairs. Petals white, 2-lobed, 2–3 mm long. Fruit ascending, 3–8 × 1–2.5 mm, glabrous; style up to 0.2 mm long; lower pedicels 5–20 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Throughout much of eastern and western, temperate North America (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 41

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

Disturbed soil of fields, grasslands, along streams and roads; plains, valleys to montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).


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    • Cope, M.G. 1992. Distribution, habitat selection and survival of transplanted Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) in the Tobacco Valley, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 60 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
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