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Apetalous Catchfly - Silene uralensis
Other Names:  Lychnis apetala

Status Under Review
Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: SU
C-value: 6

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General Description
Viscid, glandular-pubescent perennial from a simple or branched caudex. Stems simple, 20–60 cm. Leaves all cauline, oblanceolate to lanceolate, 6–7 cm long, short-petiolate below. Inflorescence a few- to many-flowered, leafy, compound cyme. Flowers: calyx campanulate, 10-veined, 15–20 mm long; petals greenish-white, barely longer than the calyx, the blade ca. 2 mm long, shallowly bilobed, with 4 appendages; styles 3. Capsules ellipsoid, equaling the calyx, opening by 6 slits (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 10

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Stoney, calcareous soil of moraine, cliffs, talus; alpine (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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).

  • 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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    • Aho, Ken Andrew. 2006. Alpine and Cliff Ecosystems in the North-Central Rocky Mountains. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 343 p.
    • Hawkins, P.H. 1903. The alpine flora of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis, Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 24 pp.
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