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Yakima Bird's-beak - Cordylanthus capitatus

Status Under Review
Undetermined Origin

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: SU
(see State Rank Reason below)

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Reported for southwest Montana (Dorn 1984). Kartesz (in prep., 2012) does not include MT in the distrubtion. More information is needed to determine the status of the species in the state.
General Description
Plants 10-60 cm tall, often branched; herbage spreading-hairy, many hairs gland-tipped. Leaves 1-5 cm long, linear, those of branches mostly entire. Inflorescences terminal, capitate, mostly 2-5 flowered, subtended by trifid bracts which resemble the foliage leaves. Calyx tending to be purplish, scarious between the nerves, teh lower segment several-nerved, nearl or quite as long as teh 1-1.5 purplish corolla; upper calyx segment somwhat shorter, 2-nerved, bifid, the teeth 2-5 mm long. Stamens 2 (Hitchcock, 1959, Vasc. Pl. Pacific Northwest).

Range Comments
Mountains of central Washington south through eastern Oregon and central Idaho to northeastern California and northeastern Nevada (Chuang & Heckard, 1986). It has a S1 rank in Montana.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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

Open slopes and dry woods from lowlands to moderate elevations in the mountains, often among sagebrush (Hitchcock 1959).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • 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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