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Cowcockle - Vaccaria hispanica
Other Names:  Saponaria vaccaria, Vaccaria pyramidata

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1


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General Description
Taprooted, glabrous and glaucous annual. Stems erect, 20–80 cm, branched above. Leaves mainly cauline, lanceolate to lance-ovate, 2–10 cm long, clasping the stem. Inflorescence a terminal, many-flowered, open, flat-topped cyme. Flowers: calyx glabrous, 12–15 mm long, becoming ovate and 5-angled; petals pink, clawed, the blade 5–8 mm long, shallowly 2-lobed; styles 2; stamens 10. Capsule oblong, shorter than the calyx tube (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range

Non-native
 


Range Comments
Introduced worldwide and throughout temperate North America; native to Europe (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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References
  • 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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    • Adhikari, S. 2018. Impacts of dryland farming systems on biodiversity, plant-insect interactions, and ecosystem services. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 207 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • King, L.A. 1980. Effects of topsoiling and other reclamation practices on nonseeded species establishment on surface mined land at Colstrip, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 129 p.
    • Martinka, R.R. 1970. Structural characteristics and ecological relationships of male blue grouse (Dendragapus obscurus (Say)) territories in southwestern Montana. Ph.D Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 73 p.
    • Meier, G.A. 1997. The colonization of Montana roadsides by native and exotic plants. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 45 p.
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