Round-fruited Draba - Draba globosa
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Round-fruited draba is a regional endemic, known from widely separated sites in Colorado, northeastern Utah, northwest Wyoming and adjacent Montana. It has been found in three southwest Montana mountain ranges. Current population levels and trends are unknown. However, its high-elevation habitat is relatively inaccessible, and there are no obvious threats. Additional sites are likely to be documented.
- Details on Status Ranking and Review
Score2 - Small: Generally 2,000-10,000 individuals.
Score1 - Peripheral, Disjunct or Sporadic Distribution in MT: Widespread species that is peripheral, disjunct or sporadically distributed within MT such that it occurs in <5% of the state (<7,500 sq. miles or the combined area of Beaverhead and Ravalli Counties) or is restricted to 4-5 sub-basins.
Area of Occupancy
Score2 - Low: Generally occurring in 4-10 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).
Score1-2 - Moderate to High.
Score0-1 - Stable to Minor Declines:
CommentTrends unknown, though populations are likely stable or experiencing only minor declines.
Score0-1 - Low to Medium.
CommentHabitat is remote.
Score1 - Moderate Vulnerability: Specific biological attributes, unusual life history characteristics or limited reproductive potential makes the species susceptible to extirpation from stochastic events or other adverse impacts to its habitat and slow to recover.
Raw Conservation Status Score
7 to 10 total points scored out of a possible 19.
Round-fruited Draba is a small, stemless, herbaceous perennial, which forms cushions that are up to 20 cm wide and which consist of basal leaf rosettes that arise from a branched rootcrown. The lance-shaped to narrowly spoon-shaped leaves are 3-6 mm long and have a few stiff marginal hairs but are otherwise glabrous. 2-10 small yellow or sometimes white flowers are borne on top of a stalk that reaches up to 45 mm high. Each flower has 4 separate petals that are ca. 4 mm long, 4 separate sepals, and 4 long and 2 short stamens. The glabrous, compressed egg-shaped capsule, or silicle, is 3-8 mm long with a style projecting 0.2-0.7 mm from the tip.
Flowering and fruiting occur in July.
Draba is a genus of many similar-appearing species. In Montana, Draba globosa, D. densifolia and D. daviesiae are the only species with yellow flowers and leaves that are glabrous above but with ciliate margins. Draba densifolia has pubescent fruits, while those of D. globosa and D. daviesiae are glabrous. Of the latter two, D. globosa has pointed leaves with 2-5 flowers, while D. daviesiae has rounded leaves and 5-10 flowers.
Regional endemic of southwestern Montana, central Colorado, northern Utah and western and southern Wyoming.
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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In Montana round-fruited draba has been found in the Madison and Centennial ranges, where it grows in moist, sparsely vegetated, often calcareous soil of moraine and fellfields, near or above treeline from 9,500 to 10,500 feet in elevation. Associates include Silene acaulis, Ranunculus eschscholtzii, Phlox pulvinata and Sibaldia procumbens.
Ecological Systems Associated with this Species
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Draba globosa is found in inaccessible high-elevation sites, often in wilderness areas. There are no obvious threats to this species.
- Additional ReferencesLegend: View Online Publication
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- Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.