Red kittentails - Besseya rubra
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Stems erect, 15–40 cm, simple. Herbage puberulent to sparsely villous. Basal leaf blades sometimes cordate, 4–12 cm long. Inflorescence 5–25 cm long; bracts oblanceolate. Flowers: calyx 4-lobed, 2–4 mm long, septate-villous mainly on the margins, fully enclosing the ovary; stamens dark red, 4–6 mm long. Capsule 4–7 mm long, ovoid, longer than wide (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
WA to MT south to OR (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus frigidus
, Bombus sylvicola
, and Bombus insularis
(Macior 1974, Miller-Struttmann and Galen 2014).
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- Macior, L.M. 1974. Pollination ecology of the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Melanderia 15: 1-59.
- Miller-Struttmann, N.E. and C. Galen. 2014. High-altitude multi-taskers: bumble bee food plant use broadens along an altitudinal productivity gradient. Oecologia 176:1033-1045.
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- Hawkins, P.H. 1903. The alpine flora of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 24 pp.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.