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Jones' Columbine - Aquilegia jonesii

Potential Species of Concern
Native Species

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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General Description
Stems 3–10 cm high. Leaves glaucous, short-villous, all basal; blades twice ternate; ultimate segments overlapping, 2–10 mm long. Flowers solitary, erect, borne near the ground; sepals blue, 10–20 mm long; petals light blue with straight spurs ca. 10 mm long. Fruits glabrous, 10–20 mm long with long beaks (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Southern Alberta, northwest and central Montana, northern Wyoming.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 41

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Stony, calcareous soil of ridges, outcrops, talus slopes, often in cushion plant communities; alpine, occasionally to the montane zone in exposed sites (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • King, C. R. 1953. The Ranunculaceae of Montana. M.S. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 82 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Williams, K.L. 2012. Classification of the grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, forests and alpine vegetation associations of the Custer National Forest portion of the Beartooth Mountains in southcentral Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 376 p.
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