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Boreal Stitchwort - Minuartia rubella
Other Names:  Arenaria rubella

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5
C-value: 5

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General Description
Plants tufted with glabrous to usually glandular-hairy foliage. Stems erect, 2–10 cm tall. Leaves 3-veined, 3–10 mm long, rigid, apiculate. Flowers few, cymose; sepals 3-veined, lanceolate with papery margins, acuminate, 2–4 mm long; petals elliptic, as long or shorter than the sepals. Capsules longer than calyx (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Circumpolar south to CA, AZ, and NM (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 23

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Sparsely vegetated, often stony soil of talus slopes, fellfields, gravel bars; valleys to alpine, more common higher (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.
    • 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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