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Kelloggia - Kelloggia galioides

Species of Concern
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SH
(see State Rank Reason below)

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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.
General Description
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.

Flowering June-August.

Diagnostic Characteristics
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.

Species Range

Range Comments
WA to CA and Baja, east to ID, WY, and AZ. In Mineral County.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 3

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Relative Density



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

Open forest in the valley and montane zones.

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