Nama - Nama densum
Species of Concern
* (see State Rank Reason below)
MNPS Threat Rank
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Nama occurs in Montana on the northeastern edge of its range. It has been found at a single location on the south side of the Pryor Mountains in 1991, occupying less than one acre of habitat. Additional survey data are needed.
- Details on Status Ranking and Review
Nama (Nama densum) Conservation Status Review
Review Date = 06/10/2013
Score3 - Vey Small: Generally <2,000 individuals.
Score3 - Local Endemic or Very Small Montana Range: Generally restricted to an area <10,000 sq. miles (equivalent to the combined area of Phillips and Valley Counties) or <6 Sub-basins (4th code watersheds) Range-wide OR limited to one Sub-basin in Montana
CommentKnown from one sub-basin in Montana.
Area of Occupancy
Score3 - Very Low: Generally occurring in 3 or fewer Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).
ScoreNA - Rank factor not assessed.
CommentTrends are unknown. Population levels probably fluctuate greatly from year to year.
Score0-1 - Low to Medium.
CommentThreats were listed as non-existent or minimal in MNPS threats analysis.
Score1-2 - Moderate to High Vulnerability.
Score1-2 - Moderate to High.
Raw Conservation Status Score
11 to 14 total points scored out of a possible 16 (Rarity factors and threats only).
Nama is a small annual with several prostrate, branched stems that are up to 10 cm long and radiating from the central taproot. The alternate leaves are narrowly oblong and up to 4 cm long. The foliage is covered with short hair. Flowers are solitary in the axils of the crowded upper leaves. The white to pale, lavendar corollas have a 2-5 mm long tube and 5 rounded lobes. The 5 stamens are inside the tube. The 5-lobed calyx is covered with stiff, long hairs. Globose capsules contain numerous seeds.
Our plants are variety parviflorum (Greenm.) C.L. Hitchc.
Flowers are produced in early June.
Species of Phlox have opposite leaves. Nemophila and Ellisia are also prostrate annuals, but they have divided leaves.
Number of Species Occurrences:
*Not all Species Occurrences are mapped
WA to MT south to CA, NV, UT, CO. Known from Carbon County (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
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Nama grows very locally along the southern base of the Pryor Mountains in sandy soil weathered from outcrops of calcareous sandstone and dominated by Artemisia tridentata and Stipa comata (Lesica and Achuff 1992). Other associates include Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus, Phacelia ivesiana, Gilia inconspicua, Gilia leptomeria, and Streptanthelia longirostris.
Ecological Systems Associated with this Species
Nama is an annual, suggesting that population sizes may vary greatly between years and may respond positively to moderate levels of disturbance. No plants could be found at the site of its discovery two years later, however seeds of annual species may remain dormant in drought years.
Cronquist et al. (1984) consider N. densum as a small-flowered, autogamous close relative of the larger-flowered, presumably outcrossing, N. aretioides. This suggests that pollinators are not needed for seed set.
The single known Montana population of Nama densum is subject to cattle grazing. However, this low annual is probably favored by moderate levels of disturbance that create open ground for seedling establishment and decrease competition from larger perennial species. This population also lies near primitive roads used for vehicular travel.
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- Cronquist, A., A.H. Holmgren, N.H. Holmgren, J.L. Reveal, and P.K. Holmgren. 1984. Intermountain Flora: Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. Vol. 4, Subclass Asteridae (except Asteraceae). New York Botanical Garden, Bronx. 573 pp.
- Lesica, P. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX.
- Lesica, P. and P. F. Stickney. 1994. Noteworthy collections: Montana. Madrono 41:228-231.
- Lesica, P. and P. L. Achuff. 1992. Distribution of vascular plant species of special concern and limited distribution in the Pryor Mountain desert, Carbon County, Montana. Unpublished report to the Bureau of Land Management. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT. 105 pp.