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Running Serviceberry - Amelanchier humilis

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Not Documented

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA
(see State Rank Reason below)

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Amelanchier humilis has not been documented in Montana (Lesica et al. 2012; Campbell et al. in Flora of North America [FNA] 2014; and MTNHP Status Review in 2019). In the Flora of the Great Plains Montana was listed in the distribution for Amelanchier humilis (McGregor et al. [eds.] 1986). This prompted the NRCS PLANTS database website to show it as native in Montana (, 22 October 2019). However, an extensive search for Montana specimens have found nothing. Montana specimens deposited at KANU have been identified by Robert Dorn as Amelanchier alnifolia (Caleb Morse personal communication). Amelanchier humilis is recognized in the Flora of North America, but Montana is not listed within its distribution (Campbell et al. in FNA 2014). Herbarium specimens from Fallon, Sheridan, Carbon, and Valley counties might fit the description of Amelanchier humilis, but identification from herbarium specimens is often inconclusive (Lesica et al. 2012). Accurate identifications are best done in the field during the flowering and fruiting seasons, and require observations of habitat, habit, presence of congeners, and flowering time relative to sympatric congeners (Campbell et al. in FNA 2014). A conservation status rank is not applicable (SNA) because this plant is not known to occur in Montana.
General Description
Please refer to the State Rank Reason for its status and the following botanical literature for species identification:

Flora of North America
Published Floras
On-line e-Floras

Flora of the Great Plains (McGregor et al. 1986).

Potential specimens should be provided to and verified at one of our State Herbaria:
University of Montana (MONTU), Montana State University (MONT), or Montana State University-Billings (MSUB).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. (FNA). 2014. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Vol. 9. Magnoliophyta: Picramniaceae to Rosaceae. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc. 752 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • McGregor, R.L. (coordinator), T.M. Barkley, R.E. Brooks, and E.K. Schofield (eds). 1986. Flora of the Great Plains: Great Plains Flora Association. Lawrence, KS: Univ. Press Kansas. 1392 pp.
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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.
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