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Alpine Springbeauty - Claytonia megarhiza


Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4
* (see State Rank Reason below)

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Numerous collections at MONTU from Teton, Glacier, Lewis & Clark, Missoula, and Park counties. Probably secure in its high elevation habitat.
 
General Description
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).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Not likely to be confused with anything else in Montana. We have only variety megarhiza.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
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).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 9

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Habitat
Stony, often moist soil of talus slopes, fellfields; alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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