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Rydberg's Springbeauty - Claytonia multiscapa
Other Names:  Claytonia lanceolata var. flava, Claytonia rosea [of some authors]

Native Species

Global Rank: G4?
State Rank: S4
(see State Rank Reason below)
C-value: 4

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  • Details on Status Ranking and Review
    Rydberg's Springbeauty (Claytonia multiscapa) Conservation Status Review
    Review Date = 10/24/2012
    View State Conservation Rank Criteria
    Population Size

    Score0 - Large: Generally >100,000 individuals.

    Range Extent

    Score2 - Regional or State Endemic or Small Montana Range: Generally restricted to an area <100,000 sq. miles (equivalent to 2/3 the size of Montana or less) or Montana contributes 50% or more of the species’ range or populations OR limited to 2-3 Sub-basins in Montana.

    CommentMontana contributes a significant portion of the species' range.

    Area of Occupancy

    Score0 - High: Occurs in >25 Subwatersheds (6th Code HUC’s).

    Environmental Specificity

    Score0-1 - Low to Moderate.


    Score0-1 - Stable to Minor Declines:

    CommentTrends unknown, though populations are likely stable or experiencing only minor declines.


    Score0-1 - Low to Medium.

    CommentThreats to the species' viability appear to be insignificant to low.

    Intrinsic Vulnerability

    Score0-1 - Low to Moderate Vulnerability.

    Raw Conservation Status Score

    Score 2 to 6 total points scored out of a possible 19.

General Description
Perennial from globose tubers. Stems 10–30 cm. Basal leaves few or absent, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 1-8 cm long; stem leaves sessile, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 2–10 cm long. Inflorescence multibracteate. Flowers: sepals 3–5 mm long; petals white to yellow or yellow-orange spots at base. Seeds 1-2 mm diameter. (adapted from: Miller, 2003, in Fl. N. Amer., Vol. 4).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Miller (2003) in FNA, recognizes the white and yellow-flowered plants as C. multiscapa and the pink, rose or magenta flowered plants as C. rosea. Lesica (2012) combines the two under the name C. rosea.

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
British Columbia to Saskatchewan south through Montana and Wyoming.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 73

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Relative Density



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

Vernally moist soil of grasslands, steppe, meadows, open forest; montane to lower 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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
    • Shelly, J. S. 1989. Conservation status of Claytonia lanceolata var. flava, a candidate threatened taxon. Unpubl. Rep., USDI Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver, CO. 39 pp.
    • Shelly, J.S. 1989. Status review of Claytonia lanceolata var. Flava, Beaverhead, Deerlodge and Gallatin National Forests, Montana. Unpublished report. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT 42 pp.
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