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Little-flower Springbeauty - Claytonia parviflora
Other Names:  Montia parviflora

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Taprooted annuals. Stems ascending, 5–20 cm. Basal leaf blades linear, 1–10 cm long. Stem leaves perfoliate, forming a disk 1–3 cm across. Inflorescence 1-bracted with spreading pedicels to 7 mm long. Flowers: sepals 1–2 mm long; petals white or pink, 2–4 mm long. Capsule as long as sepals with ca. 3 seeds (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
In MT in Flathead and Sanders counties; BC and MT south to CA and AZ (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 7

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Vernally moist, sparsely vegetated soil of open forest, grasslands; montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this species or genera where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans, Bombus ternarius, Bombus pensylvanicus, and Bombus impatiens (Colla and Dumesh 2010, Williams et al. 2014).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
    • Williams, P., R. Thorp, L. Richardson, and S. Colla. 2014. Bumble Bees of North America. Princeton, NJ. Princeton University Press.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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