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Mountain Star-lily - Leucocrinum montanum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Stemless, rhizomatous, fibrous-rooted perennial. Leaves basal, sheathing, linear, 5–15 cm × 2–5 mm, leathery. Inflorescence an umbel of several pedicellate flowers; peduncle and pedicels below ground. Flowers regular, white, tubular; tube 4–8 cm long; lobes spreading, lanceolate, 1–2 cm long; stamens included, inserted in the tube; ovary superior; style 3-lobed. Fruit an obovoid capsule, 5–7 mm long, subterranean (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
OR to ND, south to CA, AZ, NM and NE (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 32

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Anderson, N.L. 1951. Field studies on the biology of range grasshoppers of southeastern Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 96 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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