Alpine Springbeauty - Claytonia megarhiza
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Numerous collections at MONTU from Teton, Glacier, Lewis & Clark, Missoula, and Park counties. Probably secure in its high elevation habitat.
Perennial from a fleshy, branched taproot and caudex. Stems lax to ascending, 2–15 cm. Basal leaf blades numerous, fleshy, obovate to spatulate, 1–5 cm long. Stem leaves linear-oblanceolate, 1–3 cm mm long. Inflorescence bracteate; pedicels 5–20 mm long, ascending Flowers: sepals 4–8 mm long; petals white to pink, 5–10 mm long. Capsule shorter than sepals with 1 to 6 seeds (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Not likely to be confused with anything else in Montana. We have only variety megarhiza.
Across much of western MT; BC, AB south to CA, NV, UT, NM, disjunct in NT (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Martin, S.A. 1985. Ecology of the Rock Creek bighorn sheep herd, Beartooth Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 152 p.