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White Marsh-marigold - Caltha leptosepala

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Herbaceous perennials from a simple caudex. Stems to 15 cm in flower, expanding in fruit. Leaves mainly basal, fleshy, alternate, simple, petiolate; blades 2–8 cm long, narrowly cordate-ovate, crenate. Flowers 1 to 2, dish-shaped; sepals 7 to 10, white, often tinged with blue outside, 7–20 mm long; petals absent; stamens 10 or more, pistils 5 or more. Fruit 4 to 15 aggregated, ascending, many-seeded follicles, 1–2 cm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 198

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Wet soil of stream banks, meadows where snow melt accumulates; lower subalpine to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee. 1997. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Volume 3. Magnoliophyta: Magnoliidae and Hamamelidae. Oxford University Press, Inc., New York, NY. xxiii + 590 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P. and D. Hanna. 2017. Noteworthy Collections. Madroño 64(4):114-115.
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