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Alpine bistort - Polygonum viviparum
Other Names:  Bistorta vivipara


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Perennial from a corm-like rhizome. Stems erect, simple, 5–30 cm. Leaves: basal petiolate, the blades 1–9 cm long, narrowly lanceolate; cauline leaves few, smaller, sessile; stipules 4–22 mm long, glabrous, brown. Flowers functionally unisexual, 3–4 mm long, in a narrow spike 2–8 cm long, the lowest replaced by ovoid bulblets; pedicels spreading 2–5 mm long; tepals pink or green below and white above. Achene 3-sided, brown, 2–3 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumpolar south to OR, NM, MN and NH (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 28

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Habitat
Moist to wet turf, meadows, especially along streams and on cool slopes; alpine, subalpine, rarely lower (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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