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Lance-pod Whitlow-grass - Draba lonchocarpa
Other Names:  Draba nivalis [misapplied]

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR
C-value: 5

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General Description
Perennial from a simple or few-branched caudex. Stems simple, 3–10 cm. Basal leaves oblanceolate, 3–10 mm long, entire. Stem leaves usually absent. Vestiture of dense, stalked, stellate hairs. Petals white, 2–4 mm long. Fruit ascending, 5–20 × 1–2 mm, usually glabrous, often twisted; style 0.2–0.5 mm long; lower pedicels 2–10 mm long. Our plants are variety lonchocarpa (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to OR, ID 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: 14

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

Moist soil of cliffs, tundra, cool slopes, talus, shade of boulders; upper subalpine to alpine (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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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • Hawkins, P.H. 1903. The alpine flora of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 24 pp.
    • Martin, S.A. 1985. Ecology of the Rock Creek bighorn sheep herd, Beartooth Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 152 p.
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