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Creeping Catchfly - Silene repens

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3S4
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General Description
Perennial from a slenderly-branched caudex; foliage retrose-pubescent. Stems trailing but erect distally, 5–25 cm. Leaves: basal numerous on short sterile stems, oblanceolate, 2–4 cm long; cauline linear, reduced. Inflorescence a compact, densely pubescent cyme. Flowers erect; calyx tubular, purplish, 10-veined, 10–15 mm long; petals white, the blade 2-lobed, 3–7 mm long; styles 3, exserted. Capsules ovoid, equaling the calyx, opening by 6 slits. Non-calcareous talus, turf; near or above treeline (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are subspecies australe C.L. Hitchc. & Maguire.

Species Range
Present
 


Range Comments
Circumpolar, south to ID 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: 15

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Habitat
Non-calcareous talus, turf; near or above treeline (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Ecology
POLLINATORS
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans, Bombus pensylvanicus, and Bombus impatiens (Colla and Dumesh 2010).

References
  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
    • 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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    • 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.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
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