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Heart-leaf Springbeauty - Claytonia cordifolia
Other Names:  Montia cordifolia

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 5

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Very numerous collections, many of the recent, from the Beaverheads and other sites in NW MT.
General Description
Finely rhizomatous perennial. Stems erect, 5–30 cm. Basal leaf blades cordate to truncate-ovate, 1–7 cm long. Stem leaves ovate, 1–5 cm long. Inflorescence ebracteate with spreading or recurved pedicels 5–20 mm long. Flowers: sepals 2–4 mm long; petals white, 8–12 mm long. Capsule as long as sepals with 3 to 6 seeds (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
In MT occurring in the western tier of counties plus Flathead County; BC south to CA, NV, and UT (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 42

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Relative Density



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

Moist spruce or red cedar forests, avalanche slopes, often along streams, seeps; montane, subalpine (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 vagans, Bombus ternarius, Bombus pensylvanicus, and Bombus impatiens (Colla and Dumesh 2010, Williams et al. 2014).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141:39-68.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Williams, P., R. Thorp, L. Richardson, and S. Colla. 2014. Bumble Bees of North America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 208 p.
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