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Wooly Cryptantha - Cryptantha cana

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

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General Description
Cespitose perennial from a branched caudex covered in old leaf bases. Stems erect to ascending, 4–15 cm. Herbage sericeous. Leaves mostly basal, petiolate, linear to oblanceolate, acute, 7–30 mm long, becoming sessile above. Inflorescence bracteate below. Flowers: calyx hispid, hirsute, 5–8 mm long in fruit; corolla 3–4 mm long. Nutlets usually solitary, asymmetric, muricate, ca. 3 mm long, sharp-margined; scar widened at the base (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Big Horn and Carbon cos. MT to SD south to CO and NE (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 51

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Sandy, calcareous soil of open slopes in juniper woodlands; valleys (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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    • Lesica, P. and P.L. Achuff. 1992. Distribution of vascular plant species of special concern and limited distribution in the Pryor Mountain desert, Carbon County, Montana. Unpublished report to the Bureau of Land Management. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT. 105 pp.
    • Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
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