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Few-flowered Shootingstar - Dodecatheon pulchellum
Other Names:  Dark-throat Shootingstar, Few-flowered Shooting Star, Dark-throat Shooting Star, Dodecatheon cusickii, Dodecatheon pauciflorum [misapplied], Primula pauciflora

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 5

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General Description
Scapes 2–40 cm. Leaves glabrous to glandular; the blade oblanceolate to obovate, 1–10 cm long, entire. Umbel glabrous to glandular, of 1 of 10 flowers; pedicels 5–45 mm long. Flowers: corolla lobes 6–16 mm long; connectives purple, smooth or longitudinally wrinkled; calyx glabrous, often purple-spotted. Capsule ovoid-cylindrical, 5–12 mm long, opening by 5 valves splitting to the tip (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to Man. south to CA, AZ, CO and NE (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 337

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Few-flowered Shootingstar — Dodecatheon pulchellum.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from