Selway Coil-beaked Lousewort - Pedicularis contorta var. rubicunda
State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Restricted in Montana to the Bitterroot Mountains where it is documented from several occurrences. Limited data are available for the species and it may be more common than the few collections indicate.
- Details on Status Ranking and Review
Score2 - Small: Generally 2,000-10,000 individuals.
CommentEstimated. Available observation and collection information provides little data on population levels.
Score2 - Regional or State Endemic or Small Montana Range: Generally restricted to an area <100,000 sq. miles (equivalent to 2/3 the size of Montana or less) or Montana contributes 50% or more of the species’ range or populations OR limited to 2-3 Sub-basins in Montana.
Area of Occupancy
Score2 - Low: Generally occurring in 4-10 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).
Score1 - Moderate: Species is restricted to a specific habitat that is more widely distributed or to several restricted habitats and is typically dependent upon relatively unaltered, good-quality habitat (C Values of 5-7).
ScoreNA - Rank factor not assessed.
CommentTrends unknown, though populations are likely stable or experiencing only minor declines.
Score0-1 - Low to Medium.
Score1 - Moderate Vulnerability: Specific biological attributes, unusual life history characteristics or limited reproductive potential makes the species susceptible to extirpation from stochastic events or other adverse impacts to its habitat and slow to recover.
Raw Conservation Status Score
8 to 9 total points scored out of a possible 16 (Rarity factors and threats only).
Selway lousewort is a glabrous perennial herb with clustered stems, 14-65 cm (6-26 in) high, from a branched rootcrown. Basal leaves, 5-20 cm (2-8 in) long, have a long petiole and a lance-shaped blade, pinnately divided to the midvein into narrow, toothed segments. The few stem leaves become smaller up the stem. Pink flowers, ca. 1 cm long, each subtended by a palmately divided, leaf-like bract, are borne in a narrow, open spike. The short tubular calyx is reddish at the base and has 5 unequal, pointed lobes. The upper petal is marked with purple and has a long, downcurved snout, extending on top of the elliptical lower lip which has 3 shallow lobes. Seeds are borne in a flattened capsule.
Variety contorta has white flowers; Variety ctenophora has pink flowers, but it has a green calyx and bracts covered with long hairs.
Variety rubicunda is a regional endemic of the Bitterroot Mountains in Ravalli County, Montana and central Idaho.
Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
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Ridgetops and meadows in the upper subalpine and alpine zones.
Ecological Systems Associated with this Species
- Additional ReferencesLegend: View Online Publication
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- Lackschewitz, K. 1991. Vascular plants of west-central Montana--identification guidebook. U.S. Forest Service Intermountain Research Station, Ogden, UT. 648 pp.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Reese, R.N. 1984. A new variety of Pedicularis contorta (Scrophulariaceae) endemic to Idaho and Montana. Brittonia 36:63-66.