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Elegant Rockcress - Boechera sparsiflora
Other Names:  Arabis sparsiflora

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Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SU

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General Description
Biennial or short-lived perennial with a simple to rarely sparingly branched caudex. Stems to 75 cm, terminal. Basal leaves oblanceolate, 1–4 cm long with entire margins. Stem leaves lanceolate, slightly auriculate. Vestiture of dense, small, branched hairs on basal leaves and stem base, glabrous above. Petals white or purple, 5–10 mm long. Fruits 3–8 cm × 1.5–2 mm, arcuate; pedicels glabrous or with simple hairs, ascending to weakly descending; seeds narrowly wing-margined, in 1 row per locule (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 6

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Grasslands and dry, open forests; 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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Fogelsong, M.L. 1974. Effects of fluorides on Peromyscus maniculatus in Glacier National Park. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 52 p.
    • 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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