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Sierra Sanicle - Sanicula graveolens

Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S3S4
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Somewhat few collections from 4-5 counties. Rare in Idaho. Disjunct. Populations are usually small.
General Description
Taprooted. Stems ascending to erect, solitary, 5–30 cm, branched at the base. Leaves petiolate; blades ovate in outline, ternate, 2–4 cm long; leaflets deeply 3-lobed and toothed. Umbel compact; peduncle 2–30 cm long; rays few, 5–20 mm long; involucel bracts 6 to 10, lance-linear, 1–4 mm long. Flowers light yellow. Mericarps 2–4 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Unlikely to be confused with anything else in Montana. Very distinctive in our Apiaceae for its broad, rounded, lobed leaflets, spiny fruits and rocky habitat.

Range Comments
Southern British Columbia to southern California, east to western Montana and northwestern Wyoming (with disjunct populations in Chile and Argentina).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 12

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

Mostly on rock in montane to subalpine elevations.

The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus bifarius (Thorp et al. 1983).

  • 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.
    • Thorp, R.W., D.S. Horning, and L.L. Dunning. 1983. Bumble bees and cuckoo bumble bees of California (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Bulletin of the California Insect Survey 23:1-79.
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