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Blue Mountain Wild Buckwheat - Eriogonum strictum

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
Mat-forming perennial from a loosely-branched, woody caudex. Flowering stems erect to ascending, tomentose, 10–35 cm. Leaves basal, long-petiolate, the blade 5–25 mm long, ovate to orbicular, tomentose. Inflorescence umbellate to loosely capitate cymes; bracts scale-like; involucres tomentose, 3–4 mm long with 5 erect lobes. Flowers 2–3 mm long, white to rose, cup-shaped; tepals glabrous, the outer broader than the inner; stamens not exserted. Achenes 3–4 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are variety proliferum (Torr. & A. Gray) C.L. Hitchc.

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
WA to MT south to CA and ID (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 6

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

Sandy or gravelly soil of sagebrush steppe, grasslands, open forest; valleys, montane (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus bifarius, Bombus centralis, Bombus flavifrons, Bombus huntii, Bombus melanopygus, Bombus mixtus, Bombus ternarius, Bombus occidentalis, Bombus insularis, and Bombus flavidus (Thorp et al. 1983, Koch et al. 2012, Williams et al. 2014).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Koch, J., J. Strange, and P. Williams. 2012. Bumble bees of the western United States. Washington, DC: USDA Forest Service, Pollinator Partnership. 143 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Thorp, R.W., D.S. Horning, and L.L. Dunning. 1983. Bumble bees and cuckoo bumble bees of California (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 23:1-79.
    • Williams, P., R. Thorp, L. Richardson, and S. Colla. 2014. Bumble Bees of North America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 208 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Harvey, S.J. 1990. Responses of steppe plants to gradients of water soil texture and disturbance in Montana, U.S.A. Ph.D. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 34 p.
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