Mountain Starthistle - Centaurea montana
Montane Knapweed, Mountain Cornflower, Mountain Bluet
Perennials, 30-70 cm tall. Stems simple or sparingly branched, sparsely tomentose. Leaves mostly 7-18 mm long, 1-4 mm wide, entire or nearly so. Inflorescence corymbiform or heads solitary; peduncles 1.5-7 cm long; involucres 2-2.5 chm high and as broad or broader; bracts imbricate, lanceolate to ovate-triangular with prominent blackish pectinate-lacerate margins extending to the base or nearly so, lacking a definte terminal appendage (except sometimes the inner); outer flowers blue, enlarged and subradiate; inner ones purplish; anthers blackish-purple; achenes short-hairy (pappus 1-1.5 mm long) (adapted from: Welsh et al., 1993, A Utah Flora, 2nd ed.).
Introduced as ornamental; scattered across northern parts of North America, less so in Great Plains and southern tier states and Southeast (Kartesz in prep. 2012).
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Persisting and sometimes spreading from cultivation.
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans
, Bombus bifarius
, Bombus centralis
, Bombus fervidus
, Bombus rufocinctus
, Bombus ternarius
, Bombus terricola
, Bombus occidentalis
, Bombus griseocollis
, Bombus impatiens
, Bombus insularis
, and Bombus suckleyi
(Thorp et al. 1983, Johnson 1986, Colla and Dumesh 2010, Koch et al. 2012, Williams et al. 2014, Tripoldi and Szalanski 2015).
- 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.
- Flora of North America Editorial Committee. 2006. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Vol. 19. Magnoliophyta: Asteridae, part 6: Asteraceae, part 1. Oxford Univ. Press, New York. xxiv + 579 pp.
- Johnson, R.A. 1986. Intraspecific resource partitioning in the bumble bees Bombus ternarius and B. pennsylvanicus. Ecology 67:133-138.
- Koch, J., J. Strange, and P. Williams. 2012. Bumble bees of the western United States. Washington, DC: USDA Forest Service, Pollinator Partnership. 143 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.
- Tripoldi, A.D. and A.L. Szalanski. 2015. The bumble bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus) of Arkansas, fifty years later. Journal of Melittology 50: doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17161/jom.v0i50.4834
- Williams, P., R. Thorp, L. Richardson, and S. Colla. 2014. Bumble Bees of North America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 208 p.
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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.