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Yellow Avens - Geum aleppicum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Stems erect or ascending, 25–90 cm, hirsute. Leaf blades obovate, sparsely hairy, 7–15 cm long, divided into 5 to 9 ovate, dentate main leaflets; the terminal lobe or leaflet little wider than the adjacent ones. Inflorescence an open, erect, leafy-bracteate cyme. Flowers erect; hypanthium saucer-shaped; sepals green, 3–7 mm long, reflexed, tomentose on the margins; petals yellow, 5–8 mm long. Achenes 3–4 mm long, long-hairy; mature persistent style 3–5 mm long, glabrous; the deciduous, spreading upper portion hirsute (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 106

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Relative Density



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

Wet meadows, fens, marshes, thickets, moist to wet forests, often along streams; valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • 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.
    • Simanonok, M. 2018. Plant-pollinator network assembly after wildfire. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 123 p.
    • Tuinstra, K. E. 1967. Vegetation of the floodplains and first terraces of Rock Creek near Red Lodge, Montana. Ph.D dissertation. Montana State University, Bozeman 110 pp.
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