Sharptip Sandwort - Arenaria congesta var. cephaloidea
Eremogone congesta var. cephaloidea
Perennial from a branched caudex, forming loose mats. Stems erect, simple, 5–30 cm. Leaves filiform, flexuous or rigid, glabrous, 2–8 cm long, shorter above. Inflorescence many-flowered, congested, glabrous; pedicels less than 0.5 mm long. Flowers: sepals glabrous, ovate to lanceolate, scarious-margined, 3–6 mm long, apex acute to acuminate and sharp; petals oblong, 5–8 mm long. Capsules glabrous, 3–6 mm long (adapted from Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX
Variety cephaloidea is diagnosed from the other two varieties in Montana by its congested, capitate inflorescence, and the sharp narrow apices of the sepals (Hartman et al. 2005, Fl. North America, Vol. 5).
Most widespread in ID but also in WA, southern and northeast OR, and Sanders, Gallatin and Fergus counties in MT (Kartesz 2009).
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Open, gravelly woods; 300-1000 m (Hartman et al. 2005, Fl. North America, Vol. 5).
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus melanopygus
and Bombus sylvicola
(Wilson et al. 2010, Koch et al. 2012, Williams et al. 2014).
- Literature Cited AboveLegend: View Online Publication
- Koch, J., J. Strange, and P. Williams. 2012. Bumble bees of the western United States. Washington, DC: USDA Forest Service, Pollinator Partnership. 143 p.
- Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
- Williams, P., R. Thorp, L. Richardson, and S. Colla. 2014. Bumble Bees of North America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 208 p.
- Wilson, J.S., L.E. Wilson, L.D. Loftis, and T. Griswold. 2010. The montane bee fauna of north central Washington, USA, with floral associations. Western North American Naturalist 70(2): 198-207.
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- Forcella, F. 1977. Flora, chorology, biomass and productivity of the Pinus albicaulis-Vaccinium scoparium association. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 99 pp.