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Bouncing-bet - Saponaria officinalis

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

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C-value: 0

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General Description
Rhizomatous perennial with glabrous foliage. Stems simple, to 60 cm. Leaves lanceolate to obovate, 3–8 cm long, short-petiolate or sessile. Inflorescence a terminal, branched, bracteate, many-flowered, open to congested cyme. Flowers: calyx 15–20 mm long, united into a veiny tube below and short, triangular lobes above; petals clawed, white to pinkish; the blade 8–15 mm long with erose to entire margins and 2 small adaxial scales; stamens 10; styles 2. Capsule ovoid-cylindric,15–20 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced to most of temperate N. America; an escaped garden ornamental native to Europe (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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