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Howard's Forget-me-not - Eritrichium howardii

Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S4

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General Description
Stems erect to ascending, 1–9 cm. Herbage densely silvery-strigose. Leaves 5–20 mm long, acute. Flowers: calyx 3–4 mm long; corolla 4–5 mm long, the limb 5–9 mm wide. Nutlets ca. 2 mm long, dorsally smooth or minutely muricate (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Regional endemic of northern Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 54

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Gravelly, calcareous soil of exposed ridges and flats in grasslands, woodlands; valleys, montane (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.
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    • Williams, K.L. 2012. Classification of the grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, forests and alpine vegetation associations of the Custer National Forest portion of the Beartooth Mountains in southcentral Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 376 p.
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