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Sheep Cinquefoil - Potentilla ovina

Native Species

Global Rank: G5?
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
USFWS:
USFS:
BLM:
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Perennial from a branched caudex clothed in old stipules, sometimes forming loose mats. Stems ascending to lax, with sparse, wrinkled, spreading hair 3–15 cm. Leaf blades sericeous, linear, 1–5 cm long, pinnately divided into 9 to 21 deeply lobed leaflets, the ultimate segments linear. Inflorescence few-flowered, appressed-hairy, open with spreading branches. Flowers sepals lanceolate, 3–5 mm long; bracteoles narrower and shorter; petals yellow, 4–6 mm long, longer than the sepals. Achenes smooth, ca. 1.5 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Present
 


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 62

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Habitat
Sparsely vegetated, exposed ridges, fellfields; plains, valleys to alpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

References
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    • Haglund, B.M. 1972. Ecological effects of weather modification, Bangtail Ridge, Bridger Range, Montana: relationships of pocket gophers (Thomomys talpoides) to time of snow melt. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 26 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Pallister, G.L. 1974. The seasonal distribution and range use of bighorn sheep in the Beartooth Mountains, with special reference to the West Rosebud and Stillwater herds. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 67 p.
    • Peck, S.V. 1972. The ecology of the Rocky Mountain goat in the Spanish Peaks area of southwestern Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 54 p.
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