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Alpine Collomia - Collomia debilis

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

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General Description
Perennial with a deeply buried taproot. Stems mostly prostrate, naked, buried beneath stones with only the ascending leafy tips in evidence, 2–10 cm long. Herbage puberulent to glandular-pubescent. Leaves short-petiolate; blade linear-lanceolate to oblong, 7–25 mm long. Inflorescence clusters of several sessile flowers at stem tips. Flowers: calyx 5–9 mm long; corolla white to blue, the tube 8–13 mm long, lobes 3–10 mm long; stamens exserted, all attached at the same level (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are varieties debilis and camporum Payson.

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 5

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  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • 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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