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Kelsey's Cat's-eye - Cryptantha kelseyana

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Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
Annual. Stems slender, usually branched at the base, 5–20 cm. Herbage appressed-hirsute, hispid. Leaves linear, 1–2 cm long. Inflorescence ebracteate or bracteate at the base. Flowers: calyx hispid, hirsute, 5–7 mm long in fruit; corolla ca. 2 mm long. Nutlets 4, lance-ovate, ca. 2 mm long; 1 smooth and slightly larger; the other 3 sparsely muricate; scar closed, widened at the base (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
MT, SK south to ID, UT and CO (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 5

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  • 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.
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Kelsey's Cat's-eye — Cryptantha kelseyana.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from