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Ballhead Sandwort - Arenaria congesta var. congesta
Other Names:  Eremogone congesta var. congesta


Global Rank: G5T5?
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
Perennial from a branched caudex, forming loose mats. Stems erect, simple, 5–30 cm. Leaves filiform, flexuous or rigid, glabrous, 2–8 cm long, shorter above. Inflorescence many-flowered, congested, glabrous; pedicels less than 0.5 mm long. Flowers: sepals glabrous, ovate to lanceolate, scarious-margined, 3–6 mm long, the tips rounded; petals oblong, 5–8 mm long. Capsules glabrous, 3–6 mm long (adapted from Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Variety congesta has capitate, congested flowers in the inflorescence and sepals with obtuse to rounded apices.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
WA and MT south to CA and AZ; most abundant in the Rocky Moutains and northern Great Basin (Kartesz 2009).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 7

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Habitat
Gravelly or sandy soil of plains, mountain slopes, and ridges (Hartman et al., 2005, Fl. North America, Vol. 5).

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