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Mt. Hood Pussy-paws - Cistanthe umbellata
Other Names:  Spraguea umbellata

Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S4
(see State Rank Reason below)

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Widespread but never (?) common where it occurs. Grows well on disturbed ground, as along trails and edges of parking lots.
General Description
Taprooted perennial with a branched caudex, sometimes mat-forming. Stems ascending, 1–7 cm, leafless, 1 per rosette. Leaves all basal, petiolate; the blades oblanceolate to spatulate, 5–20 mm long. Inflorescence hemispheric, umbellate, densely flowered, 1–3 cm across. Flowers: petals 4, white, unequal, 3–5 mm long; sepals 2, sometimes pinkish, orbiculate persistent, scarious, 3–8 mm long, becoming larger in fruit; stamens 3; style exserted (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Range Comments
In MT from Bitterroot Valley east to Stillwater and Carbon counties; BC to CA, east to 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: 7

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

Sandy or gravelly, sparsely vegetated, granitic soil of fellfields, scree slopes; subalpine to alpine, rarely lower (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • 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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
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