Kelloggia - Kelloggia galioides
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Known in Montana from one 1971 collection in the South Fork Fish Creek valley approximately 12 miles west-northwest of Alberton and a 0.5 mile north of the junction with Deer Creek.
Kelloggia is an herbaceous perennial with small clusters of stems that are 1-6 dm high and arising from spreading rhizomes. The narrowly lance-shaped, opposite leaves are 15-50 mm long and have smaller leaves in their axils. Foliage is glabrous. Flowers are borne on long stalks in open, leafy inflorescences. The white or pink, tubular corolla is 4-8 mm long. It has 4 narrow, spreading, hairy lobes and surmounts the bristly ovary and 4 tiny calyx lobes. The small, hard, berry-like fruit is 3-4 mm in diameter and covered with hooked bristles.
Species of Galium have more than 2 leaves per node. Kellogia galioides superficially resembles species in the Caryophyllaceae, but in the latter, the separate petals enclose the ovary.
WA to CA and Baja, east to ID, WY, and AZ. In Mineral County.
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Open forest in the valley and montane zones.
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.