Short-styled Columbine - Aquilegia brevistyla
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Score2 - Small: Generally 2,000-10,000 individuals.
CommentAdditional surveys are likely to find more occupied sites within the general area of the known occurrences.
Score3 - Local Endemic or Very Small Montana Range: Generally restricted to an area <10,000 sq. miles (equivalent to the combined area of Phillips and Valley Counties) or <6 Sub-basins (4th code watersheds) Range-wide OR limited to one Sub-basin in Montana
CommentMontana populations are highly disjunct from the main portion of the species' range in Canada and Alaska.
Area of Occupancy
Score2 - Low: Generally occurring in 4-10 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).
Score1 - Moderate: Species is restricted to a specific habitat that is more widely distributed or to several restricted habitats and is typically dependent upon relatively unaltered, good-quality habitat (C Values of 5-7).
ScoreNA - Rank factor not assessed.
CommentTrends are unknown, though there is no indication that the species' has experienced significant declines in Montana. Habitat is generally stable.
Score0-1 - Low to Medium.
CommentPotential threats to the species' viability or individual populations are likely either minor in severity or localized in scope.
Score0-1 - Low to Moderate Vulnerability.
Raw Conservation Status Score
8 to 10 total points scored out of a possible 16 (Rarity factors and threats only).
Short-styled Columbine is a slender, sparingly branched, perennial with stems up to 80 cm tall that are lightly pubescent below and glandular above. The basal leaves have long petioles with blades that are lobed and wavy-margined; the few-stemed leaves are lobed and nearly without petioles. The typical columbine flowers are 15-25 mm long with blue or purple reflexed sepals and yellowish-white, horn-shaped petals; the bluish spurs of the petals are curved inward at the tip and are 6-8 mm long. Stamens and styles barely protrude beyond the petals; the five-lobed seed capsules are pubescent.
Flowering in June-early July.
This species can be distinguished from other blue-flowered columbines in Montana by the incurved tips of the petal spurs.
Eastern Alaska to Ontario south to British Columbia and southern Manitoba. Disjunct in eastern Montana and the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Open woods and stream banks at mid-elevations in the montane zone.
Ecological Systems Associated with this Species
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- 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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- Dawe, J. C. and D. F. Murray. 1981. Chromosome numbers of selected Alaskan vascular plants. Canadian Journal of Botany 59:1373-1381.
- Ladyman, Juanita. 2006. Aquilegia brevistyla Hooker (Smallflower Columbine): A Technical conservation Assessment. Prepared by JnJ Associates LLC, Centential, Colorado. Prepared for USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Species Conservation Project, Lakewood, Colorado.
- Mathews, S.Y. 1989. Sensitive plant surveys, 1989: U.S. Forest Service, Region 1, Gallatin National Forest, Montana. Unpublished report to the USDA Forest Service, Gallatin National Forest, Bozeman, Montana. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT. 85 pp.
- Roe, L.S. 1992. Status review of Aquilegia brevistyla, USDA Forest Service, Region 1, Lewis and Clark National Forest. Unpublished report. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT. 47 pp.