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Sticky Cinquefoil - Drymocallis glandulosa
Other Names:  Potentilla glandulosa, Drymocallis pseudorupestris, Drymocallis glabrata

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Perennial from a mostly branched caudex. Stems erect to ascending, hirsute and glandular-pubescent, 10–70 cm. Leaf blades oblanceolate, pinnately divided into 5 to 7 obovate to suborbicular, glandular, dentate leaflets, 6–60 mm long. Inflorescence a glandular cyme with spreading to ascending branches. Flowers: sepals lanceolate, 4–7 mm long; bracteoles shorter than the sepals; petals 5–10 mm long. Achenes smooth, <1 mm long.

Lesica (2012) treats this species in Drymocallis and indicates three subspecies for Montana: subsp. glabrata (Rydb.) Sojak;
subsp. glandulosa; and subsp. pseudorupestris (Rydb.) Sojak (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
BC, MT, south to CA, AZ, UT and Mexico (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 777

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Relative Density



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

Rocky soil of open forest, grasslands, meadows, outcrops; valleys to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Johnson, T. W. 1982. An analysis of pack and saddle stock grazing areas in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. M.Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 105 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Martinka, R.R. 1970. Structural characteristics and ecological relationships of male blue grouse (Dendragapus obscurus (Say)) territories in southwestern Montana. Ph.D Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 73 p.
    • Saunders, J.K., Jr. 1954. A two-year investigation of the food habits and range use of the Rocky Mountain goat in the Crazy Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 22 p.
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