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Redstem Springbeauty - Claytonia rubra

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4
C-value: 4

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General Description
Annuals. Stems ascending, 2–20 cm. Basal leaf blades reddish, ovate to deltoid, 5–20 mm long. Stem leaves sessile, ovate, perfoliate but not fully united into a disk. Inflorescence single-bracted with spreading pedicels to 5 mm long. Flowers: sepals 1–2 mm long; petals white to pink, 2–3 mm long. Capsule as long as sepals with ca. 3 seeds (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
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Range Comments
In MT in western counties, extending sporadically east to Powder River county; BC to SD south to CA, UT and CO (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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Moist, sparsely vegetated soil of open forest, grasslands, often in shade or along streams; valleys (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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