Rocky Mountain Beeplant - Cleome serrulata
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Stems simple or branched, 15–80 cm. Leaves 3-foliolate; the leaflets 2–5 cm long. Flowers pink or purple, rarely white; calyx 2–3 mm long; petals 5–12 mm long; stamens 2 to 3 times as long as petals. Fruit broadly linear, 2–6 cm long; the stipe 11–23 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
WA to SK south to CA, AZ, NM; introduced in eastern North America (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Sparsely-vegetated, often saline, sandy to clayey soil of grasslands, steppe, moist meadows, roadsides; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus appositus
, Bombus centralis
, Bombus fervidus
, Bombus huntii
, and Bombus rufocinctus
(Thorp et al. 1983).
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Thorp, R.W., D.S. Horning, and L.L. Dunning. 1983. Bumble bees and cuckoo bumble bees of California (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 23:1-79.
- Additional ReferencesLegend: View Online Publication
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- Mussgnug, G.L. 1972. The structure and performance of an adult population of Aulocara elliotti (Thomas) (Orthoptera, Acrididae) near Billings, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 97 p.
- Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.