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Linearleaf Phacelia - Phacelia linearis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 3

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General Description
Annual. Stems erect, simple or branched, 5–40 cm. Herbage strigose, hirsute; stems puberulent. Leaves cauline, short-petiolate; blades lanceolate to linear, 1–5 cm long, often with 1 or 2 pairs of basal lobes. Inflorescence a crowded cluster of few-flowered, axillary and terminal cymes. Flowers: calyx hispid, 5–7 mm long, enlarged in fruit; corolla rotate-campanulate, lavender, 8–12 mm long, lobes 4–6 mm long; stamens exserted; style short-branched, exserted. Seeds numerous, reticulate (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
BC to AB south to CA, UT and WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 235

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Sparsely vegetated soil of grasslands, sagebrush steppe, dry open forest; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Hitchcock, C. L., A. Cronquist, M. Ownbey and J. W. Thompson. 1959. Vascular plants of the Pacific Northwest, Part 4. Ericaceae through Campanulaceae. University of Washington Press, Seattle and London. 510 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Steerey, W. F. 1979. Distribution, range use and population characteristics of Mule Deer associated with the Schafer Creek winter range, Bridger Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 119 p.
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