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Nyctelea - Ellisia nyctelea

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

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General Description
Taprooted annuals. Stems ascending to erect, usually branched, 3–20 cm. Herbage strigose, petioles ciliate. Leaves petiolate; blades 1–6 cm long, deeply pinnately lobed; lobes entire to dentate. Inflorescence: solitary, axillary, pedicellate flowers. Flowers funnelform; pedicels 5–15 mm in flower, calyx hispid, divided to the base, 4–6 mm long; corolla blue, tube 2–4 mm long, lobes 2–3 mm long; stamens included. Capsule 5–6 mm long, hispid, partly enclosed or subtended by the swollen, veiny calyx, 4-seeded (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


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

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 42

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Often disturbed and partly shaded soil of grasslands, woodlands, streambanks, talus, roadsides; plains, valleys, montane (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 (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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    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
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